Monday, February 05, 2007

Breaking: Harris Cements Deal with Portland

Penn State, Tim Curley, and Rene Portland have reached a settlement with Jen Harris who had accused Portland of discriminating because she had thought that Harris was a lesbian. Both the lawsuit and the complaint filed with the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission have been dropped. The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

Why settle now? Penn State's decision to settle may have been due either to the announcement that the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission planned a preliminary investigation into Penn State practices or to documents recently filed in Federal District Court under seal. It is also possible that the Human Rights Commission was privy to those document and they played a role in motivating the investigation.

My guess is that Penn State settled this in order to keep its dirty secrets secret.

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