Ex-UofL Employee Wins $412K Verdict

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A one-time director of marketing publications for the University of Louisville has won a $412,000 verdict against the school in a whistleblower lawsuit.

Jurors heard four days of testimony and deliberated more than two hours before deciding in favor of Laurel Harper on Friday.

Harper claimed her job was eliminated after she complained about wasteful spending at the university. She lost on a claim of gender discrimination.

Jurors awarded her about $225,000 in back pay on the whistleblower claim and the rest of the damages for mental anguish.

Neither Harper nor her lawyer, Michael Augustus, could be reached for comment.

UofL spokesman Mark Hebert said Harper was one of seven employees laid off in 2011 as part of a larger "reduction in force."

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