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Former U of I official sues school, alleging bias

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a former director of the University of Iowa's Study Abroad program says she's a victim of discrimination and retaliation.

The Gazette reports that Janis Perkins lost her job as assistant dean of International Programs in April following what the university called a "comprehensive reorganization" of International Programs.

Her lawsuit says the reorganization was "a mere pretext" for firing Perkins. In the lawsuit Perkins says she was harassed and discriminated against because of her health disabilities.

Her lawsuit says Perkins was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder diagnosed in 2000. The lawsuit also says the condition required periods of leave for treatment and caused severe depression.

University spokesman Tom Moore declined to discuss the matter.

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