Alabama State Administrator Denies Sexual, Racial Harrassment Charges on Witness Stand
Alabama State administrator Lavonette Bartley took the stand today, denying accusations from three former employees that she frequently sexually and racially harassed them. Her account of the plaintiffs’ claims comes as a direct contradiction to testimony given yesterday, when former ASU employee Jacqueline Weatherly testified that Bartley would regularly refer to them as “nigger” and “bitch” as early as 2002.
One of Weatherly’s complaints involved Bartley using the N-word after losing patience with Weatherly’s attempts to make travel arrangements to the National Invitation Tournament to see the Hornets men’s basketball team.
However, Bartley denied using that term during the incident. “Absolutely not,” she replied after being asked if she made the statement. (Montgomery Advertiser)
Bartley received a letter of reprimand from the university in 2008, following a complaint from Weatherly to the university Equal Employment Opportunity office.