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Cowan is suing the Fayette County Public Schools alleging she was denied an opportunity for promotion and that the denial was related to an unwelcomed advance from Goodin, her superior at the time. The case is being heard in Ernesto Scorcone's Seventh Division Fayette Circuit Courtroom.
Goodin's attorney filed a motion, late this summer, arguing that Cowan had been too vague about her allegations. Judge Scorcone agreed and the attorneys have been arguing over whether their clients have actually been accused of anything under the Second Amended Supplemental Count Two.
Cowan claims that she was being "blackballed" through a series of "behind the scenes" actions. The defendants claim that she has made no specific complaints to which they can respond.
Cowan claims she was denied advancement within the Fayette County schools after she reported unlawful discrimination based on her gender. She says she was retaliated against by the defendants in a conspiratorial fashion and that she "is not privy to the behind the scenes machinations of the FCPS." Cowan hopes discovery will reveal the particulars of how she was discriminated against. Cowan alleges "both a pattern of discrimination and a charge that Goodin both conspired to and acted to retaliate against her for her complaints" about Goodin.
Goodin claims she was suspended, and outrageously escorted out of the school by armed police officers, after she filed a civil rights complaint against Goodin. Her suspension, she says was "based on mere superficial claims from Goodin that Jill had returned late from a meeting in the prior month" and that she had "purportedly been 'unprofessional' during a prior telephone conversation with Goodin."
Silberman says Cowan "was suspended with pay...to afford the opportunity for an investigation of certain information" concerning Cowan's conduct.
In other news, the case is moving into the discovery phase with Jill Cowan scheduled to be deposed by Goodin's attroneys on January 5th 2011.
The attorneys involved in this one include:
For Cowan: J Robert Cowan and Charles W. Arnold.
For Silberman and the BOE: Robert Chenoweth and Grant Chenoweth.
For Ernst: Larry Bryson.
For Goodin: Steve Barker and Joshua Salsbury.