By NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Mississippi State University did not discriminate against a female researcher, a federal jury agreed Thursday.
Myrtle Lynn Prewitt, who is black, sued MSU in 2006 claiming she was subjected to racial and gender discrimination by lower pay and failure to be appointed to a tenured position.
Prewitt’s case bounced around for years, then was amended in 2010, as she changed attorneys and filed appeals over decisions from other district judges.
Ultimately, Southern District Chief Judge Louis Guirola Jr. presided over the matter and its four-day trial, which began Monday in Aberdeen.
The jury agreed that MSU did not subject Prewitt to a hostile work environment and did not intentionally discriminate against her, as she claimed by paying her a lower salary for the same work done by colleagues.