Hearing Reset In Fired Ohio State Band Director Lawsuit
A federal judge has rescheduled a hearing to weigh Ohio State University's request that a civil rights lawsuit by the school's fired ex-marching band director be tossed. Jonathan Waters sued for reinstatement last year, accusing the university, President Michael Drake and a provost of discriminating against him by disciplining him differently than a female employee and denying him due process. The university seeks dismissal of the suit, saying Waters was an at-will employee who could be fired for any reason, and Waters can't validly argue gender discrimination as a member of the male majority. The school alleges he repeatedly concealed a "sexualized" band culture from outsiders and misled university officials. Waters, who was terminated in July, has re-applied for the job. Judge James Graham will now hear arguments April 10.