UMN to Pay Ex-employee $65K in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

DiscriminationThe University of Minnesota will pay Former employee Alysia Lajune $65,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging she was fired for her comments about racial profiling of African-Americans on campus.

During her employment at the University, Lajune served as the president of the University’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and raised concerns over racial profiling in the University’s crime alerts in 2013.

According to the lawsuit, the University of Minnesota Police Department sent out a wave of crime alerts in the fall of 2013 describing suspects generally, using “black male” without other ways to identify a suspect.

As mentioned in Minnesota Daily, Lajune went on to criticized a University official at a public forum in Jan. 2014. She received a warning letter and her contract was not renewed in Sept. 2014, according to the lawsuit.

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