Drisin v. Florida International University

No. 16-24939-CIV, 2019 WL 289581 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 17, 2019). The Firm represented a public university and several high-ranking university officials in a lawsuit brought by a tenured professor. In December 2014, during a study-abroad trip, a graduate student accused the professor of committing a sexual assault against her. The professor denied the claim and, instead, contended that he had been the victim of sexual assault committed by the student. Following a months-long investigation, FIU concluded that the student’s claims were supported by the evidence and, as a result, the professor’s employment was terminated. In November 2016, the professor sued the university and seven university officials in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that his termination was the result of unlawful gender bias under Title VII, Title IX and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Following several successful motions to dismiss, the case proceeded to discovery against the university and three university officials on a narrow subset of claims under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. After discovery, the Firm moved for summary judgment on all claims, which was granted by the District Court.