Arizona Professor Sues USU, Alleging Gender Bias

Arizona Professor Sues USU, Alleging Gender Bias

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- An Arizona State University engineering professor is suing Utah State University, claiming she wasn't hired as dean because she is a woman.

In her lawsuit filed yesterday in Salt Lake City's US District Court, engineering professor Sandra Houston says she was passed over as dean of the USU College of Engineering in favor of an unqualified male candidate.

Houston, who holds a doctorate in civil engineering, claims some USU administrators were upset with the recent hirings of two other female deans. She is asking the court to award her the dean's position, compensation for her missed pay and benefits, unspecified damages and attorney fees.

USU spokesman John DeVilbiss says Houston's allegations are unfounded, but that the university will let the court decide.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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