Ex-Lady Vols official can include AD Hart in her suit

Ex-Lady Vols official can include AD Hart in her suit

Debby Jennings (source: utladyvols.com) Debby Jennings (source: utladyvols.com)

KNOXVILLE (AP) - Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings can continue to include Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart as an individual defendant in her lawsuit against the university.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell granted Hart's motion to drop the aiding and abetting claim that Jennings had filed against him, but his motion to dismiss was otherwise denied Thursday. Caldwell said Jennings' allegations failed to state a claim for aiding and abetting discrimination, but she disagreed with Hart's contention that he couldn't be held individually liable for a retaliation claim.

Jennings sued Tennessee and Hart individually last year while alleging that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement from the school where she had worked for 35 years.

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