Former University of New Orleans administrator sues UL system board, former Chancellor

Tia Benton Sep. 24, 2012, 6:00am

Ronald L. Wilson

NEW ORLEANS - Former University of New Orleans Director of Records/ Registration is suing the board of supervisors and former chancellor of the University of New Orleans alleging defamation of character and infringing on her right to due process of law.

Donna Reed filed suit against the board of supervisors for The University of Louisiana System (governing body for UNO) and former UNO chancellor Dr. Joseph King in the Orleans Parish Central District court on Aug. 2.

Reed alleges that Dr. King's false accusations of falsification and fraud, which stood as the cause of her firing, defamed her reputation and good name.

The plaintiff claims that the defendant's actions have made her efforts of obtaining comparable employment impossible and declining her request for a name clearing hearing deprived her of her right to defend her good name.

The defendant is accused of unlawful conduct including, but not limited to, defamation of character and denial of hearing to defend plaintiff's reputation.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for the harm inflicted by the defendants conduct. The plaintiff is also seeking entitlement to a name clearing hearing.

Reed is represented by Attorney Ronald L. Wilson of New Orleans-based Scheuermann & Jones LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.

Case no. 12-7560

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