COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A band director fired by Ohio State University for allowing a "sexualized culture" within its celebrated marching band may move forward with his civil rights lawsuit against the school, a federal judge ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge James Graham denied Ohio State's request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Jonathan Waters, who was fired last summer after an internal investigation found that he turned a blind eye to the band's culture of raunchy, profane and suggestive traditions and mishandled sexual discrimination allegations.
Waters' suit accused the university, President Michael Drake and a provost of discriminating against him. He said they denied him due process and disciplined him differently than a female employee. His lawsuit seeks reinstatement and $1 million in damages.