Former instructor sues NEMCC in sex bias case

ABERDEEN – Rick Hawkins has filed a sexual bias lawsuit against Northeast Mississippi Community College and two of its officials.
The Booneville man insists he is owed a job and monetary damages after four women were hired over him for full-time math instructor jobs.
His lawsuit is just one side of the legal issue. Northeast has yet to file an answer in the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi.
Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the case.
In his complaint, Hawkins notes that he holds a master’s in math and a doctorate in electrical engineering, with 17 years teaching experience and 10 in industry as an engineer.
Northeast hired Hawkins in 1993 as an electrical technology instructor and a few years later he began developing and teaching online math courses with its Department of Math and Science.
As he repeatedly applied for a full-time math instructor job, he claims only women were hired, and one without a master’s prior to her hire date, which he says violates NEMCC and state Department of Education policies.
Hawkins also is suing Charlie Barnett, NEMCC’s dean of instruction, and Kay Crow, head of the math and science department.
Through his attorney, Michael Cooke of Iuka, he also claims he’s suffered financial losses, humiliation, stress and mental pain and anguish because of the defendants’ alleged conduct.
He wants back pay, front pay and/or a job in the department, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and to teach his online classes again.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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