Ranger College settles discrimination lawsuit filed by its former assistant AD
RANGER, Texas —
For the second time in less than a year, Ranger College has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee.
But the school states they're in "great shape" and labels the suit is a nuisance.
Obtained by KTXS using an open records request, the documents show Ranger College paid Jamie Beltran, its former assistant athletic director, $13,000 in January after reaching a negotiated settlement.
In documents submitted last year to the United States Court of the Northern District of Texas, Beltran claimed he was overlooked for a promotion in 2016 to athletic director because he's Hispanic. The position was eventually given to well-known college basketball coach Billy Gillispie.
Beltran also alleged in the federal lawsuit that his contract wasn't renewed by President Dr. Bill Campion after he filed a complaint with school administrators.
Campion told KTXS he wants to put these lawsuits in the school's rearview mirror and focus on students.
"It's certainly a settlement that greatly favored Ranger College," Campion said. "We're happy to move on. We have a lot of things going on here... We wish Mr. Beltran well."
Last year Ranger settled a similar lawsuit filed by former professor and director of testing Dr. Elizabeth Price. Price claimed in federal court filings she was sexually harassed and discriminated against. Ranger College paid her $30,000.
Campion said settling outside of court is sometimes the best option for the school.
"The reason they get settled is the settlement is much less than the cost to defend it," Campion said. "They're kind of a nuisance, but it goes with the territory."
Campion also said contrary to the allegations filed in the lawsuits, Ranger College is not a hostile work environment for women or Hispanics.