Former head of IU program files EEOC complaint

January 17, 2012

The former director of an Indiana University scholarship program has filed a federal complaint accusing IU of gender and equal pay discrimination.

Virginia LeBlanc resigned in August as director of IU's Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, which primarily serves African-American and other minority students, The Herald-Times of Bloomington reported.

LeBlanc's complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges her pay was not commensurate with that of the program's two previous black male directors. She also alleges unfair and inequitable hiring practices, a hostile work environment, verbal sexual harassment and intimidation.

LeBlanc's attorney, Amos Jones, said the EEOC complaint contains "a mountain of evidence" against IU.

IU spokesman Mark Land said the school "denies the claim being made in this case and intends to defend itself against any legal action."


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