Southern University Professor Sues School For 'Unlawful Retaliation'

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A nationally recognized nurse and associate professor at Southern University has filed a lawsuit against the university for being demoted after taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

Court officials say Dr. Cheryl Taylor is suing the President of Southern University for "the removal of her administrative responsibilities as Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs" after she took a leave of absence between January 6th and January 31st.

In the lawsuit, Taylor alleges the university violated the FMLA act by retaliating against her for taking time off as when she returned she'd been removed from her position and denied her former title, pay, benefits, and working conditions.

Taylor has been working for Southern for about twenty years and, according to the lawsuit, is currently serving a three-year term as Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs.

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