Federal Judge Won’t Dismiss Discrimination Suit Against Delaware HBCU


A federal judge has shot down requests by officials at the historically Black Delaware State University to dismiss a discrimination complaint filed by a white former employee.

According to The Associated Press, on April 9 a judge upheld a previous recommendation made by a magistrate judge last month, when it was found that Jeffrey DeMoss had presented sufficient facts showing his termination was racially motivated.

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A former white employee is suing Delaware State University after he claims race was a motivating factor in his firing. (Representational image by Getty Images)

In his suit, DeMoss claims he overheard former university President Harry Williams refer to him as a “white fat (expletive)” during a phone call. He also claims a school official alerted him that his firing was motivated by race and that the university wanted an African-American in his position instead.

DeMoss served as operations director for the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center as well as executive director for dining and auxiliary services.

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