Hindu Woman Claims Religious and Sexual Bias in Tenure Denial

May 7, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times


On May 7, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "a former Albright College religion Professor who is a practicing Hindu has filed a federal lawsuit accusing administrators of denying her tenure because of sexual and religious discrimination. Roxanne Gupta said Provost David Stinebeck departed from standard procedure when he recommended that she be denied tenure during the 2002-03 school year, even though a faculty committee unanimously supported her application. The college's president at the time, Henry A Zimon, agreed with Stinebeck, who allegedly based his recommendation on student evaluations of Gupta, according to the complaint filed on April 26. Gupta, 51, was hired in 1988 to teach courses in Eastern religions at Albright, a Methodist liberal-arts college that enrolls about 1,500 students."