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National College sued for alleged discrimination

A Fort Wayne woman who worked as an admissions representative at a for-profit college sued the school, alleging racial discrimination.

According to court documents, Cheryl Tatum, who is white, sued National College of Kentucky, which operates a campus as National College at 6131 N. Clinton St.

Tatum worked at National College from Nov. 29, 2011, to June 1, 2012, when she said she was terminated without cause in favor of lesser-qualified black employees in the same position.

The case was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne and came more than a year after the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission issued a notice of probable cause.

According to her lawsuit, Tatum claims she received no write-ups, was offered two promotions and frequently commended.

But her supervisor, who was black, systematically terminated white employees and replaced them with black employees, according to the lawsuit.

On June 1, 2012, Tatum was brought into the supervisor’s office and, along with another white coworker, told they were being terminated because “National College was moving in a different direction,” according to court documents.

Later that day, another white employee was fired.

After she filed her charge of discrimination, National officials alleged Tatum was fired for having poor results and a negative attitude. These were allegations Tatum said were never conveyed to her, according to court documents.

According to court documents, a Metro investigation found that substantial evidence existed to support a finding of probable cause, meaning the case merited further evaluation by the the commission.

However, in January, the state’s office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission closed the case with an “administrative decision,” according to court documents.

An email sent to the media office of National College seeking comment was not returned Friday.

rgreen@jg.net

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