Jefferson Community College president Carole McCoy
A retired Jefferson Community College administrator has filed a federal age discrimination lawsuit against the school, claiming she was forced from her job before she was ready to leave.
Gail W. Miller, 68, Chaumont, the school’s former director of college outreach, filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, against the college, its board of trustees, Jefferson County, college President Carole A. McCoy and Sarah H. Baldwin, the college’s former vice president of administration, alleging her job was eliminated in 2010 in retaliation for her complaining to the trustees about age discrimination.
According to the suit, Mrs. Miller began her career at JCC in 1994 as the affirmative action/diversity officer, and she became director of academic advising in 1998. In 2000, she was promoted to assistant to the college president for special programs while continuing in her affirmative action role. She claims to have received “excellent” performance reviews in 2002 and 2006 from then-President John W. Deans.
In January 2007, Mrs. McCoy was appointed president, and Mrs. Miller claims that two months later she was told by Mrs. McCoy that she was going to be transferred to the director of human resources position or take a pay cut. Mrs. Miller accepted the transfer, which included an increased workload, including the implementation of a new software database. She claims that requests for assistance were denied and that her staff was cut.