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Jane Doe’s therapist and Shelly Kerr’s assistant will sue UO over retaliation

Last updated on 11/02/2015

[See below for email update]

Morlok and Stokes deserve enormous respect for telling the truth about the UO General Counsel’s efforts to seize Jane Doe’s confidential counseling records. That revelation let to changes in Oregon law and may lead to changes in federal law as well. And now it seems that UO has retaliated against them.

Rich Read has the story in the Oregonian, here:

A University of Oregon therapist who counseled a woman allegedly gang-raped by three Ducks basketball players has filed a claim with a former colleague accusing the school of unlawful employment practices and violating their First Amendment rights.

In the tort-claim notice sent to the university Tuesday, senior staff therapist Jennifer Morlok and former UO Counseling Center staff member Karen Stokes accuse the school of discriminating and retaliating against them and wrongfully terminating Stokes.

Morlok and Stokes accuse UO Counseling Center managers of undermining their work, ignoring them to the detriment of patients and violating Stokes’ disability rights. The claim serves notice that they will seek damages in a forthcoming lawsuit, likely to be filed in federal court. …

President Schill has said he wants to put the alleged basketball rape and Gottfredson and Coltrane’ response to it behind us. But it seems like there’s a lot more truth that needs to come out first.

The job ad Shelly Kerr posted for a replacement for Karen Stokes is here. Here’s the email that triggered the trouble, and the tort claim notice to UO:

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