JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A judge has thrown out a $107,100 judgment against Jackson State University stemming from an unlawful termination lawsuit filed by the school’s former head trainer.
The Clarion-Ledger reports U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate on Friday threw out the January 2015 jury award in favor of Fredrick Robinson. Wingate also denied Robinson’s motion for attorney fees and expenses, and said JSU could recoup its costs from Robinson.
Robinson had said he was fired in May 2012 in retaliation for speaking with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which was investigating a sexual harassment complaint against then-JSU Athletic Director Vivian Fuller by a female employee. The employee’s lawsuit was later thrown out.
JSU argued Fuller fired Robinson for his work ethic and for referring to her as his “African Nubian queen.”