Laura Frederico -- a former senior-level public relations official at Rutgers University who was fired last year -- is suing the university, claiming that Dean Jacquelyn Litt discriminated against her because she is a lesbian, the Raw Story website reports today (September 17, 2013).
Frederico said that Litt -- a women's studies scholar -- "felt that women who had men behind them were stronger and better employees." Frederico had been hired by the New Jersey school to write articles and materials promoting the women's college at Rutgers.
According to Frederico's complaint, Litt "did not respect lesbians," and previous lesbians in her employ had been forced to resign or transfer because of her discriminatory behavior.
The lawsuit also asserts that "the fact that plaintiff was a lesbian was not a secret and, in fact, plaintiff kept a picture of her wife on her desk." Rutgers acknowledges that Dean Litt knew of Frederico's sexual orientation, but denies that it played any role in her firing, asserting that her writing "required substantial revisions, changes, or reworking."