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Former faculty member files discrimination suit against KSU

By The Mercury

A former Kansas State University faculty member is suing the university, alleging discrimination based on a disability.

Grace Hwang, a faculty member on the staff of the School of Leadership Studies since 2005, filed the suit earlier this month in federal court in Topeka, seeking unspecified damages.

In the suit, Hwang alleges that the university forced her to resign without due process while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

She alleges the forced resignation was in retaliation for “asserting her disability rights and for filing a discrimination complaint.”

The suit was filed in mid-December by Luanne Leeds, Hwang’s attorney, and asked for a declaratory judgment against the university.

It requested judgment for “past and future economic loss; compensatory damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering.”

The suit also sought Hwang’s restoration to her former position.

Hwang was an assistant professor at K-State at the time of her departure. She joined the faculty in 1994 as an adjunct professor in the university’s MBA program.

A KSU graduate and Fulbright Scholar, she holds a law degree from Georgetown.

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