Sarah E. Taylor: Instructor to Resume Post at Community College After Winning Reverse-Bias Lawsuit





After a five-year struggle, a history instructor who won a reverse-discrimination lawsuit against Bishop State Community College will return to work on the Alabama campus.

The college announced a settlement with the instructor, Sarah E. Taylor, on Wednesday. Ms. Taylor will return to her former position on August 1 and receive $120,000 each year for the next three years in addition to her salary and legal fees amounting to $85,000, said her lawyer, Steven L. Terry, in an interview on Wednesday.

"I don't think these cases are very common," Mr. Terry said. "Victories are rare."

Ms. Taylor, who is white, sued the college in 2002, a year after it decided not to renew her contract. She argued that there was no reason for her dismissal and that the college gave her position to a black instructor after she was dismissed. Ms. Taylor had worked at Bishop State since 1999.

In 2005 a federal jury ruled in favor of Ms. Taylor and ordered the college to rehire her and pay her $300,000 (The Chronicle, June 9, 2005)...

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