Former employee claims bias against her race and age in lawsuit

By Gabrielle Chevalier, Chattanooga, TN–A former employee is suing UTC, claiming she was fired from her job in 2010 because of biases based on her race and age. Karen Drake, a black woman, who is more than 40 years old, worked at the University as an administrative support assistant from Sept. 2006 until 2010, during […]

Former employee continues lawsuit against University

By Megan Ferguson, Chattanooga, TN–UTC officials has moved to dismiss all claims in a lawsuit filed by a former University employee except for those under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to legal documents. Former activities coordinator Jonathan Etchison filed a complaint against the University in June 2012, alleging that leaders […]

UPDATED: Student to file charges against UT, UTC administrators regarding Cardiac Hill construction

By Hannah Lazar, Chattanooga, TN—A student who claims the construction plans for Cardiac Hill are an “imminent danger” to students plans to file criminal charges against University and system administrators. Frank DePinto, a Chattanooga junior, sent administrators a document with proposed charges of reckless endangerment against Janet Spraker, UTC director of engineering services, and Robbi […]

Former employee claims University violated disabilities act

By Megan Ferguson, Chattanooga, TN–Former UTC Activities Coordinator Jonathan Etchison is suing the University, alleging that leaders discriminated against his disability and his age. The lawsuit claims UTC changed the terms and conditions of his employment and eventually terminated his employment when the University learned Etchison had a disability. According to the complaint filed by Etchison, […]

Former English Professor Claims Defamation, Conspiracy In Lawsuit

Chattanooga, TN–Melinda Paige Keown, a former lecturer in UTC’s English department, is suing the University and four English professors for a total of $6 million. In the lawsuit, Keown names Dr. Verbie Prevost, professor of English, Dr. Joe Wilferth, professor of English and department head, Dr. Susan North, assistant professor and director of composition, and […]