4th lawsuit filed against JSU athletics director

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Jackson State University’s athletics director faces four federal lawsuits related to allegations she sexually harassed an assistant and fired employees who supported the woman.

The first lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in August 2012 by Lolita Ward.

It charges Athletics Director Vivian Fuller subjected her to inappropriate comments, gestures and touching in 2011.

Ward says she was fired after rejecting the alleged advances.

The university denies the allegations.

The most recent lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Jerry Lewis, who claims he was fired after witnessing the alleged harassment.

Lawsuits were filed earlier on behalf of two other former employees who claim they were fired after supporting Ward.

The lawsuits also name as defendants the university and President Carolyn Myers. All were filed by lawyer Rogen Chhabra.