University of Phoenix Settles Retaliation Lawsuit

The University of Phoenix has agreed to pay a former employee $32,500 as part of a settlement of a discrimination claim that has been made public by the EEOC. The University settled the discrimination claim brought by Latrish Elaine Tarhini, who worked as enrollment counselor at the school’s Houston campus.

The EEOC and Tarhini claimed that University of Phoenix management said she would not be in line for a promotion because she made an earlier pregnancy discrimination charge against the Phoenix-based company and its parent, Apollo Group Inc. The EEOC filed suit against UOP in September 2008 in federal court, claiming the for-profit university violated retaliation statutes of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It violates federal law to discriminate against workers who previously filed discrimination claims against their employers.

The University of Phoenix is a subsidiary of Phoenix-based Apollo Group Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL). It has 397,000 students enrolled in its online and campus classes. The school has 200 campuses worldwide.