ADL Welcomes Settlement of Federal Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit Against St. Cloud University
Chicago, IL, December 5, 2002 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomes a recent settlement of class action lawsuit brought by current and former Jewish and non-Jewish faculty against St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota under the title Arie Zimora v. State of Minnesota Colleges and University System, et. al., alleged that the University violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other laws by subjecting Jewish faculty to discrimination and a hostile work environment, as well as retaliating against non-Jewish faculty for opposing anti-Semitism.
Under the settlement, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which includes St. Cloud University, will pay named Plaintiffs and class members significant monetary damages. More importantly, the University is required to undertake affirmative relief to counter the alleged discrimination, including the establishment of a Jewish Studies and Resource Center, mandatory diversity training, revised faculty search committee procedures, discrimination complaint training, and the establishment of a peer review committee concerning faculty non-renewal, tenure and promotion.
"Over the last two years, the Anti-Defamation League has been in contact with the University over allegations of anti-Semitism and actively monitoring the situation on campus," said David L. Barkey, Midwest Civil Rights Counsel. "We are pleased that the parties to the lawsuit have chosen to amicably resolve the matter and take proactive steps to eradicate anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry from the St. Cloud campus."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.