Instructor Sues U.C.

Ex-instructor sues university, says school thought her too French

A former fashion instructor is suing the University of Cincinnati. She says the school did not renew her contract because of her French nationality.

Nathalie Doucet filed the lawsuit last week in US District Court in Cincinnati. Doucet was born in France and is a permanent resident alien in the United States. She served a three-year contract as an assistant professor of fashion design at UC from 2001 to 2004.

The lawsuit claims that a student's parent labeled her un-American and an administrator indicated that Doucet was too French. The fashion instructor claims that the discrimination began early in her term and grew as anti-French sentiments became prevalent in the United States after the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The university denies Doucet's allegations of discrimination.