Supreme Court Allows MTSU Discrimination Case To Go Forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Supreme Court has ruled an employee's discrimination claim against the state can go forward after she said she was sexually harassed by Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee.

That is because the school's sexual harassment policy made McPhee the final arbiter of sexual harassment complaints.

The court wrote in a ruling it would have been reasonable for the woman to think complaining "would have been futile or counterproductive or would have resulted in retaliation."

The Tennessee Board of Regents disciplined McPhee after finding he did sexually harass the woman.

The Associated Press isn't using her name because she is a victim of sexual harassment.

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