September 2, 2014
University of Nevada, Reno officials have agreed to drop further appeals and pay a campus employee more than $235,000 in damages and attorneys fees awarded by a jury earlier this year.
Charles Stricker Jr., a former UNR locksmith who now works in
the campus perimeter security department, sued his supervisors at
the university and in June was awarded $209,215 in damages - twice
the amount his lawyer requested.
Sricker claimed his former boss, Rick Favre, retaliated against
him after Stricker complained of pornographic pictures in the
workplace, including photos and computer screen savers.
In rendering its verdict, the federal court jury also issued an
unusual statement chastising the university for "gross disregard"
for its own policies, taxpayers' money and Stricker's civil rights.
The university lost a bid for a new trial and then filed an
appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
As part of the settlement, UNR officials and Stricker's lawyer,
Jeff Dickerson, agreed not to comment, the Reno Gazette-Journal
Stricker's case is one of about two dozen pending state and
federal lawsuits filed against UNR, its administrators and its
employees during the past four years.