Discrimination suits filed against KSU

By The Mercury

A mailroom employee at Kansas State University has filed suit against the university alleging that it has tolerated a hostile work environment against him.

The suit filed in federal court in Wichita by Edwin Asebedo seeks damages in excess of $75,000.

Asebedo’s attorney, Larry Michel, says in papers filed with the court that Asebedo was subjected to discrimination by his supervisor, Tom Filippino, and other mail service employees. Michel says Asebedo filed a complaint with the university regarding what were described as “racial slurs and derogatory remarks,” but that even though a university investigation supported the complaint, threats and coercion continued and the university failed to take action to halt it.

The suit seeks recovery of damages caused by the initial discrimination, and also seeks additional damages due to the retaliation the defendant alleges he suffered.

The case is the second of a similar nature filed against the university in recent weeks. Grace Lee, who was a faculty member in statistics at K-State, filed a discrimination suit alleging violation of her civil rights, and also seeking damages in excess of $75,000.

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