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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Jenny Wright says officials at the University of Tennessee ruined her career.
Timothy Rogers brought the allegations to her attention, she experienced quote "an increasingly hostile and stressful work environment, discrimination, significant professional and personal turmoil."
Wright went on to say "she realized that the University of Tennessee is a culture not exempt from the weight of powerful individuals seeking to exploit and control situations for personal reasons."
specifically, they alleged that I had retaliated against a student-athlete by initiating the disciplinary process to suspend him from the university.
The announcement of Rogers' pending retirement comes less than two weeks after Jenny Wright was fired as Tennessee's director of the office of student judicial affairs for refusing to cooperate with a school investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes. Rogers had given Wright 24 out of 25 points in her 2011 performance review, the most recent one in her personnel file.
A public records request also showed that Wright had sent Rogers an email on May 7 - the day after Rogers' email to Cheek - in which she asked to meet Rogers about the "false accusations" made against her. In the email, Wright also cites a "hostile work environment that has been created and the discrimination I am experiencing." Wright said in the email that she and Rogers had previously discussed the accusations during an April 11 conversation.
Wright's lawyer, Robert Kurtz, has said that his client "categorically denies" having inappropriate contact with any student.
"That email supports what we've said all along," Kurtz said. "She did feel there was a hostile environment at UT. Rather than fight that, she chose to leave."
"You know I'd like to think of myself as an attractive guy, so she could have been giving me some kind of eye. If she was, I don't know. I wasn't thinking about her like that, with her being in the position she was," Hall said.
6 News asked Hall if he had a sexual relationship with Wright.
"No I did not," he replied. "I looked at her like she was an attractive woman. But that never crossed my mind."
KNOXVILLE - Point guard Trae Golden is transferring from Tennessee's basketball program.
A 57-game starter over the past two seasons, Golden was the Volunteers' third-leading scorer (12.1 points per game) and finished third in the SEC in assists (3.9 per game).
A source inside the program told the Times Free Press on Tuesday afternoon that Golden's departure is academic-related.
A public records request showed that Stewart sent an email regarding Moshak's situation on Aug. 1 to Michael Fitzgerald, the lawyer representing the university in this lawsuit. Stewart wrote that Moshak's work environment had "become increasingly hostile" since the suit was filed and that Mason's "sudden termination only magnifies the situation." In the letter, Stewart said Moshak was considering early retirement "to protect her physical and emotional well-being."
Fitzgerald sent a reply Tuesday in which he said the university was "unaware of any harassing or retaliatory behavior" toward Moshak. He said the university denied Stewart's three requests and noted that Moshak's most recent evaluation was positive. Fitzgerald wrote that "the university will continue to treat Ms. Moshak the same as if she had never complained."
UT employees raise awareness of hostile work environment
Organizers of the forum say the goal was to make the community aware of the abuse some employees say they face while working at UT. They hope the message will make it to the managers and eventually improve their work environments.
United Campus Workers President Tom Anderson says since last year the group has had around 60 employees raise similar concerns.
"Derogatory remarks have been made repeatedly to a number of different folks, and that's just not the kind of work environment that the UT reports to want to have," said Anderson.