String of lawsuits allege ASU policy violations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Current and former employees of Alabama State University have been filing a string of lawsuits with allegations of harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports Sunday that four such suits have been filed against the university in the last five months.

Kenneth Thomas, legal counsel for the university, said the lawsuits are the work of former ASU trustee Joe L. Reed and the university considers all the claims to be frivolous.

The paper said several unsuccessful attempts were made to speak directly with Reed.

One employee says he was fired after informing school officials of his intentions to report misuse of grant money.

Two former employees and one current employee filed a suit in federal court this month alleging they were subjected to racial and sexual harassment.

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