Ph.D. Student Files Racketeering Suit Against University of Oregon

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On Wednesday, September 7th, Keith Appleby, a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Oregon, filed a civil suit against the University (Case No. 16-11-19625) for racketeering under Oregon’s civil RICO statute in Lane County Circuit Court.

On Wednesday, September 7th, Keith Appleby, a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Oregon, filed a civil suit against the University (Case No. 16-11-19625) for racketeering under Oregon’s civil RICO statute in Lane County Circuit Court. The 13 page indictment also individually names Paul Shang, Dean of Students, as well as several other administrators of the University of Oregon as defendants.

The civil suit alleges discrimination in education and retaliation in addition to the racketeering charges. The suit alleges that the University of Oregon retaliated against Appleby after Appleby filed an Affirmative Action complaint with the University.

“I’ve heard people describe my situation as “reverse discrimination,” Appleby said. “But, to me, the reverse of ‘discrimination’ would actually be a positive act: This is just “discrimination” and retaliation, plain and simple.”

Appleby went on to say, “As a long-time activist for the rights of both workers and students, it’s important that the University be held accountable for the actions of their employees and that this sort of thing never happens to anyone else.”

Appleby has previously served as an Executive Board member of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, AFT Local 3544 as well as having served on the Executive Board of the AFL-CIO’s Lane County Central Labor Council.

The civil suit against the University of Oregon seeks an organizational restructuring of the University as well as monetary damages in excess of $1,000,000 , which is subject to be tripled under Oregon’s RICO statute.

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