Agency drops labor complaint against North Dakota chancellor

Published 11-27-2018

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal agency that investigates workplace disputes has dismissed a labor complaint against North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott, though he could still be sued.

Former vice chancellor Lisa Feldner filed the complaint against Hagerott in 2017 after he fired her. Feldner accused him of gender discrimination and said she was fired without cause. Hagerott has disputed her assertions.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in its report that it was unable to determine whether Hagerott violated federal law but that the ruling does not necessarily mean he complied with statutes.

The agency said Feldner has 90 days to sue Hagerott in court.

University system spokeswoman Billie Jo Lorius said Hagerott was not immediately available for comment. A telephone listing for Feldner could not be found.

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