Supreme Court Declines to Review Ex-Professor's Discrimination Suits Against HBCU

The US Supreme Court declined to review two lawsuits by a former White law professor against Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law over alleged race and sex discrimination. The Fifth Circuit's dismissal of the lawsuits stands, leaving the high bar for legal claims of race and sex discrimination intact.

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Supreme Court Declines to Review Ex-Professor's Discrimination Suits Against HBCU

Supreme Court Declines to Review Ex-Professor's Discrimination Suits Against HBCU

The United States supreme, court, turns has declined to review two lawsuits filed by a former White law professor against a historically Black university over alleged race and sex discrimination and retaliation. Deana Pollard, who taught at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law from 2000 to 2020, accused the law school of treating her and other white, female, professors poorly for several years.

Why this matters: This case highlights the complexities of discrimination claims within institutions that were established to serve marginalized communities, and its outcome may have implications for how similar cases are handled in the future. The decision also underscores the challenges of provingdiscrimination, claims, court, which can have a broader impact on the ability of individuals to seek justice for alleged discrimination.

The Supreme Court on Monday denied two identical petitions by Pollard seeking review of the dismissal of her lawsuits by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case centered around whether the lower court applied the correct legal standard in dismissing Pollard's claims, against, historically Black institution.

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the primary purpose of providing higher education to the African American community. Today, there are over 100 HBCUs across the united, states, hbcus. The Thurgood Marshall School of Law, named after the first African American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest HBCUs in Texas.

Pollard's case highlights the complex issues surrounding race, gender, and alleged discrimination that can arise even within minority-serving institutions. The Supreme Court's decision not to take up the case leaves in place the Fifth Circuit's dismissal of Pollard's lawsuits. The outcome underscores the high bar for legal claims, alleging, race and sex discrimination to proceed in the courts.

Key Takeaways

  • US Supreme Court declines to review two lawsuits by a White law professor against a historically Black university.
  • Professor Deana Pollard alleged race and sex discrimination and retaliation at Texas Southern University's law school.
  • The case highlights complexities of discrimination claims within institutions serving marginalized communities.
  • The outcome underscores the high bar for legal claims alleging race and sex discrimination to proceed in courts.
  • The decision may have implications for how similar cases are handled in the future.