UO settles whistleblower suit with 2 former employees

Retaliation claims made in connection with student's alleged rape in 2014

Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has agreed to pay $425,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two former employees over allegations that the school retaliated against them for speaking out about a student’s therapy records being accessed.

The Register-Guard reports UO spokesman Tobin Klinger said Tuesday the university doesn’t admit guilt in settling with Jennifer Morlok and Karen Stokes.

The two women, who worked at the university’s counseling center, claimed they were shunned, criticized and threatened with dismissal after bringing to light news that the university had obtained the student’s therapy records.

The student had sought counseling in 2014 after a sexual encounter with three UO basketball players, whom she accused of rape. The players said it was consensual.

Morlok resigned last October, citing intolerable conditions. Stokes left shortly after.

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