2 federal complaints filed against Ranger College for discrimination

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BROWNWOOD, Texas – Two people have filed federal complaints against Ranger College alleging discrimination and retaliation while they were employed at the school.

Dr. Elizabeth Price, a tenured professor and the director of testing at Ranger College, accuses the school of sexual discrimination and harassment and retaliation, according to court documents filed in April.

Karen Fitzgerald of the law firm Johnston, Tobey, and Baruch, is representing Price and former assistant athletic director Jaime Beltran. The complaints were filed in the United States Court Northern District of Texas in Abilene.

Beltran is accusing the school of race and national origin discrimination and retaliation, according to court documents filed in May.

“Right now, there’s no way of knowing if it will go trial,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m sure the parties will try and discuss ways to resolve it before trial.”

Ranger College President Dr. Bill Campion told KTXS the school has no comment at this time.

Price alleges in her lawsuit that an assistant basketball coach made sexual remarks and threatened her. She claims the college ignored her complaints, according to court documents.

Beltran alleges he was passed for the athletic director job, which the school gave to Billy Gillespie in 2016.  He claims he didn’t get the position because he’s Hispanic, according to court documents.

Beltran and Price also claim they experienced retaliation when Campion learned of their complaints from human resources. Beltran alleges his contract wasn’t renewed and he was let go because of the complaint.

“People read all the time about other situations, whether its Fox News and things that happened there,” Fitzgerald said, referring to discrimination suits. “I think it’s far more common than people think.”

Court documents didn’t state the dollar amounts being sought in damages from Ranger College.

“Obviously, when we go to trial we have to prove up our damages, and I can’t really share that at this point in time,” Fitzgerald said.

Ranger College formally responded to both federal complaints in court documents it filed as recently as last week. The school denied all the allegations.

The assistant basketball coach referred to in Price’s federal complaint is no longer employed at Ranger College.