UNI to Pay $210K in Long-Term Disability Lawsuit

The University of Northern Iowa has agreed to pay $210,000 and provide long-term disability benefits to a former professor who claimed mistreatment by her colleagues forced her to have a mental breakdown.

According to court documents, Linda Sharp, the former choral music instructor at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School, received $70,000 last month and will receive two additional payments in June and July of 2012. The university also agreed to provide long-term disability benefits , an estimated annual cost of $11,615.

The lawsuit claimed that school administrators tried to get rid of Sharp for years, undermining her and portraying her as a problem teacher who could not get along with colleagues. Sharp eventually suffered a nervous breakdown, which she says prevents her from finding work.

University spokesman James O’Connor said “it seemed advisable to settle the case given the time and resources involved in the litigation, the settlement amount involved, and the inherent uncertainty relating to litigation.”

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