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Florida SouthWestern State College pays $300,000 following allegations against provost

Posted: 8:54 AM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-06 13:54:59Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A Florida college has agreed to pay $300,000 to a woman who accused the school's former provost of sexual misconduct.

The News-Press reports that the Florida SouthWestern State College Board of Trustees approved the settlement last month.

The woman filed a sexual harassment complaint last year against the Fort Myers college with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her attorney says she endured a hostile work environment as a result of former provost Jeffrey Stewart's behavior. The woman also accused Stewart of forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

Stewart filed a federal lawsuit last month against FSW and the woman. It accuses the college of gender discrimination and the woman of making false sexual misconduct allegations.

Four other women have also made allegations against Stewart.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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