Thursday, June 24, 2010

Allen president accused in second sexual harassment suit

The State
Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2010

Allen University president Charles Young has been accused of sexual harassment for the second time since 2005.

Sonya Melton, the Columbia school’s associate vice president for enrollment management, filed a lawsuit in federal court this month. The 17-page complaint alleges that from 2006 to 2008, Young coerced Melton into having sex, attempted to control her relationships with others, and choked and shoved her.
Melton claims that in 2008, after requesting to meet with school officials, Young demoted her from a job as vice president and moved her to a “moldy, bug infested” basement office.
In her suit, Melton also named the university and African Methodist Episcopal Church, which runs the college. She claims university and church officials were aware Young had the “propensity to sexually harass” female subordinates but took no action.

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