Apollo Group Inc. and the University of Phoenix Online have settled a religious discrimination case for $1.89 million. The defendants were accused of discriminating against non-Mormon employees at the University of Phoenix Online division. This would be the largest religious-discrimination settlement in the history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The lawsuit involved 52 former enrollment counselors who alleged that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were favored in sales leads, promotions, tuition waivers and more at the for-profit school.
Apollo’s annual sales exceeded $3 billion in its latest fiscal year and agreed to four years of monitoring to ensure compliance. Apollo’s longtime chief executive officer, Todd Nelson, was active in the church. Nelson resigned several months before the EEOC lawsuit was filed and is now CEO of Education Management Corp., a Pittsburgh company providing career education.
Apollo issued a statement: “We are dedicated to providing a work environment in which our employees are treated fairly and with respect, and are recognized and rewarded based on their accomplishments.”
Under Nelson, the company seemed to get into some major legal problems. A jury convicted the company of securities fraud — but that verdict was overturned in January.
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3 thoughts on “University of Phoenix Settles Lawsuit Over Pro-Mormon Discrimination for $1.89 Million”
Mormons discriminating against non-Mormons is nothing new. My husband worked at a company where they chose to only hire people through their Mormon friends and family members. The only way that some non-Mormons got hired is because a woman who was married to a non-practicing Mormon hired them! They didn’t like that she didn’t go through their Mormon Connection though… and continued to keep people hired who stole money from the company, stole time from the company and just simply did not pull their weight–because they didn’t want to hurt their perfect Mormon brethren!
“Apollo issued a statement: “We are dedicated to providing a work environment in which our employees are treated fairly and with respect, and are recognized and rewarded based on their accomplishments.”
There was an addendum that never made the press release. It read:
“And we got that way after we wrote the 1.89 million dollar check to plaintiffs’ counsel.”
From reviewing his actions, I would guess that this former head of the University of Phoenix is a Republican donor. That may sound like a lot of cash, but with 3 billion in “sales” (I have a hard time using profit numbers for a “school”)I am not sure it is enough to deter the school from its improper actions.
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