Former professor says Ohio State abused her disability

A former Ohio State University professor has filed a lawsuit against her former employer in federal court, claiming the school and several of its leaders violated her civil rights by not accommodating her mental health disabilities and denying her medical leave.

Angela Bryant, who taught sociology at Ohio State’s regional campus in Newark from 2007 to 2020, filed the suit Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus, asking a judge to force the university to reinstate her.

In addition to Ohio State, the lawsuit names university President Kristina M. Johnson, Provost Melissa Gilliam, Dean and Director of the Newark campus William MacDonald and chair of OSU’s Department of Sociology Kristi Williams.

What happened leading up to Bryant’s resignation?

In the fall of 2020, Bryant sent a profanity-laden email to Ryan King, telling him she was resigning from her tenured position.

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