Eli Hoff, Columbia Missourian, March 17, 2022
The University of Missouri System has paid a former associate dean at MU’s School of Medicine $1.57 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit.
Rachel Brown, a white woman who was 60 years old at the time of her removal, sued the UM System in 2017 for age- and race-related discrimination after she was removed from her position and replaced by a younger Black woman.
Brown withdrew her claim of racial discrimination earlier this year, meaning the settlement only included age discrimination and retaliation. As part of the settlement’s terms, neither party admits wrongdoing or liability.
Brown’s lawsuit alleged that her opposition to changes in diversity and inclusion programs were considered “obstruction” by a newly appointed associate dean, Warren Lockette. Brown also alleged that the associate dean’s push to bring more out-of-state students to the school was based on a belief that students from Missouri were “bumpkins, hicks and illiterates.”