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Professor files disability discrimination suit against USF

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A former assistant pediatrics professor at USF is suing the research institution, claiming she was discriminated against because of her disability while working under Jefrrey Krischer, the professor who made headlines last year after securing a $20-million federal grant to study diabetes.

Susan B. Moyers was hired in October 2004 to work under Dr. Krischer, and she says she was fired last year because of her disability and requests she had made for accommodations to deal with limitations associated with her prosthetic left arm.

The prosthetic arm prevents her from many activities including frequent typing, the suit states. She also has tendonitis in the right arm and "abnormalities in the cervical spine," according to the suit.

Her assignment at USF did not include teaching, as she thought, but all research. Over time, "excessive typing" led to numbness in her right hand and arm, the suit claims. Moyers maintains Krischer and others in the Department of Pediatrics dilly dallied, denied or ignored her requests for special equipment like a small keyboard and typing assistance and voice-activated software.

Check out the suit here: Download 81707_usf_disability_suit.pdf 

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]

    

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