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Former Professor Sues Penn State

A former Penn State professor is suing the university as well as a President Neeli Bendapudi, board of trustee members and a long list of other defendants, claiming racial discrimination.

Zach De Piero, who is white said in federal court documents he was racially discriminated against and was retaliated against when he filed a report to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

In the 36-page lawsuit filed earlier this month, De Piero, a former assistant teaching professor at Penn State Abington campus said he felt pressure from administrators to grade students of certain races easier than others and that he felt harassed in several training sessions.

In one instance outlined in the lawsuit, he said he was forced to watch an instructional video called “white teachers are a problem.”

The lawsuit proceeds to outline a number of instances where De Piero felt harassed because of his racial background.

He’s seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial.

No trial date is set.

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