A former instructor at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, was awarded $4,850,000 from a jury in a circuit court racial discrimination case. The White woman had claimed that she was passed over the promotion and subsequently dismissed from her job in the university’s College of Education.
Beverly Wilkins was hired as an instructor in 2001. She was dismissed in 2010 after never having been promoted. The lawsuit claims that a Black woman was hired in 2007 and quickly promoted to assistant dean and later dean. The Black woman dismissed Wilkins in 2010 citing state budget cuts. The lawsuit claims that White members of the faculty were purged as a result of the downsizing due to the budget cuts, while Black faculty members with less seniority were retained.
The university stated that it is considering an appeal. And it noted that the events surrounding the case happened in 2010 and since then a new administration has been installed.