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Professor claims discrimination regarding ethnicity

September 23, 2000

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A Kansas University professor alleges in a federal lawsuit he was a victim of battery and bias by colleagues in the School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Professor Dimitrios Dendrinos, in a suit filed at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 11, said the battery by a fellow professor was part of a pattern of discrimination condoned by KU.

He claims the discrimination occurred because of his Greek national origin.

Dendrinos' federal lawsuit is a continuation of a state lawsuit he withdrew from Douglas County District Court in August.

In that suit, Professor John Mayo, who is alleged to have battered Dendrinos, denied the allegations.

Mayo did not reply to phone messages left at his office and home.

Dendrinos' suit contends the pattern of discrimination condoned by KU included ethnic slurs, lost promotions, lost pay raises and loss of reputation.

KU spokeswoman Lynn Bretz said KU has not been officially notified of the federal suit.

"The university is deeply committed to maintaining a safe and diverse environment for people to work in," she said.

KU denies the allegations.

Also named in the suit are School of Architecture Dean John Gaunt and Urban Planning Chairman Eric Strauss. Both were unavailable for comment.

Dendrinos seeks $875,000 in damages.

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