Date: August 24, 2022

Law360 reported on TELG client Ashaki Charles' recently filed complaint against her former employer, the Rutgers University Foundation. Ms. Charles alleged that the foundation fired her for reporting racist comments. Ms. Charles is represented by TELG principals Scott Oswald and Anita Chambers.

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Ex-Fundraising Exec Hits Rutgers With Racial Bias Suit

A Black former associate vice president for Rutgers University Foundation sued the foundation in New Jersey state court, alleging that the university’s fundraising arm fired her for complaining about racist treatment at work.


Charles said her co-workers occasionally made racially insensitive comments to her, such as a university dean grilling her on her qualifications and telling her she was well-spoken and another vice president commenting that Charles’ boss had her “working like a slave.”

When she reported those comments to her supervisor in June 2019, the university made its employees undergo implicit bias training, after which Charles alleged that the senior development director angrily confronted her and accused her of being the reason for the training.

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