Did NKU discriminate against Covington, Kentucky’s Douglas Algie?

Douglas J. Algie, 48, of Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, United States is a former employee of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in Highland Heights, Campbell County, Kentucky. Between 1999 and 2007, he was employed in the university’s printing department.

According to Algie, NKU assigned two other female employees in the printing department preferential responsibilities between 1999 and 2001, which he had not been extended. This resulted in better job advancement opportunities for the two female employees at the university, he claimed.

The two female employees were elevated to the level of pre-press (PP) specialist III, Algie said. On the other hand, he remained classified as a PP specialist II and was overlooked for the advancement, he said.


In July 2004, NKU hired a male employee named Mike Miner into a contract graphic design position. On June 1, 2005, Alfie filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

On November 9, 2005, the EEOC issued a right-to-sue letter. On January 27, 2006, Algie filed a civil action against NKU.

On April 10, 2007, Algie received a substandard performance evaluation. It was the first unfavorable evaluation he had received in eight years, he claimed.

On July 23, 2007, Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman dismissed the case filed by Algie and explained that an EEOC charge must be filed within 300 days after the alleged unlawful practice took place. The judge concluded that no discrete discriminatory acts had occurred within the relevant 300-day period. 


On September 23, 2007, NKU director of business operations Jackson A. Meeks terminated Algie’s employment. On November 9, 2007, the EEOC issued a right-to-sue letter and on November 26, 2007, Algie filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

On June 17, 2008, Algie filed an instant employment discrimination action against NKU, accusing the university of discriminating against him on the basis of his gender. According to him, the university retaliated against him because he complained about acts of discrimination and harassment directed toward him.

Moreover, Algie claimed that he was discriminated on the basis of a medical disability. This was not mentioned in the one he filed on November 26, 2007.

On October 17, 2018, District Judge David Bunning ordered that the retaliation claims stemming from the filing of the EEOC charge on June 1, 2005 and the filing of the civil action on January 27, 2006 were dismissed with prejudice. The discrimination claims relating to alleged medical disability were dismissed without prejudice.


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