Appeals court sends retaliation suit against Hofstra back to lower court

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  • A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously reinstated a former Hofstra University graduate student's retaliation case against the school, sending it back to the district court that dismissed it.
  • The student, Lauren E. Summa, claimed that a harassment complaint filed while working a prior job as team manager for the school's football team led Hofstra officials to retaliate by backing out of a graduate assistantship offer.
  • The Second Circuit court affirmed the district court's decision to dismiss the harassment claims, but said Summa presented enough evidence for the retaliation claims for the district court to hear them.

From the article:

... On Thursday a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court's decision and remanded the case, Lauren E. Summa v. Hofstra University et al., ruling that Ms. Summa's retaliation claims should be heard by the lower court. The district court had also dismissed Ms. Summa's harassment claims; the appeals court affirmed that decision. ...

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