Former ECU Professor Files Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination

A former East Carolina University criminal justice professor has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was victim of discrimination because she is a woman.

The lawsuit says Dr. Elizabeth Marsal was a tenure track assistant professor until she took leave in 2007 to give birth to her son. During that leave, the university began considering her for a tenure position.

The suit says because her tenure was in question, Marsal was told she had seven days to write extensive narratives to the college dean. The suit says since Marsal was on medical leave, that violated the Family Medical Leave Act.

Marsal also claims she received an annual evaluation in 2008 and received low scores because she was out on maternity leave.

At last check, the university said it hasn't yet been served with the lawsuit.


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  • by Kelvin on Aug 7, 2009 at 03:18 AM
    I hope she wins. Filing a suit is not a quick process by means. She probably exhausted all of her options.
  • by Carlton Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    Well I think in a case like that, the burden of proof is on her. I think she has to prove that there was discrimination rather than the school proving there wasn't. As a criminal justice professor I don't think she would take on something like that if she wasn't confident something wasn't right.
  • by Ernest Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    A possible reason it took so long to file the suit, a person in this situation has to exhaust all other possible remedies, like the EEOC, before going to court, otherwise a judge will refust to hear it.
  • by J Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Sounds to me like this professor wasn't well liked.
  • by Will Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:11 PM
    Ummm.. WITN... do you mean "Marsal"? It is difficult to ascertain the veracity of story when you miss the basics, i.e. the very name of the person in question. However, I do appreciate this website and the effort that you all put forth. Thank you.
  • by Not Impressed Location: ECU on Aug 5, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    Give it a rest! If you can't follow directions, how do you expect your child to learn from your example?
  • by ECUAlumnus Location: Greenville, on Aug 5, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    So why wait so long before filing the lawsuit? Something doesn't sound right.
  • by ECU Faculty Location: Gville on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    The second paragraph makes no sense. If you are tenure track you are always under the microscope for a tenure position. Tenure track faculty know YEARS IN ADVANCE when their narratives are due.
  • by Alice Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    Well when people are fighting for their jobs and are working over time you don't go have a baby in this economy. I know lots of very good women professors that were busting their but to make tenure and they were let go they didn't take leave.
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