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Lindsay Shepherd names Wilfrid Laurier University as part of $3.6 million lawsuit

Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd is suing the school, two of its professors and a bureaucrat for $3.6 million
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Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo campus). Image from WLU.

Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd is suing the school, two of its professors and a bureaucrat for $3.6 million.

Multiple reports say the lawsuit includes a million dollars in punitive damages, and half a million dollars apiece for what the lawsuit calls harassment, intentional infliction of nervous shock, negligence, aggravated and general damages.

Another $100,000 is being sought for constructive dismissal.

She claims attacks on her "have rendered her unemployable in academia."

Last November, Shepherd came under fire from university officials after airing a televised clip of controversial University of Toronto Psychology professor Jordan Peterson in one of her classes.

In that clip, Peterson criticized the use of gender-neutral pronouns.

In March, Shepherd attempted to bring in Faith Goldy as part of an "Unpopular Speaker Series," but a fire alarm was pulled as Goldy was getting ready to speak.

Shepherd attempted to bring Goldy in back in late-April, but high security costs forced her to cancel the event.

In a statement to 570 NEWS, Laurier says they have received notice of Shepherd’s statement of claim, "which is one perspective of a legal matter issued in pursuit of a financial claim."

Official statement from Wilfrid Laurier:

"Wilfrid Laurier University has received notice of Lindsay Shepherd’s statement of claim, which is one perspective of a legal matter issued in pursuit of a financial claim. Laurier will vigorously defend against this statement of claim.

Laurier remains dedicated to its core values, which include a commitment to intellectual inquiry, critical reflection and scholarly integrity while striving to be a supportive and inclusive community. Since Ms. Shepherd first raised her initial concerns, the university has taken numerous measures to address the matter, including issuing an apology to Ms. Shepherd. That apology still stands. The university initiated an independent review, which found no wrong-doing on the part of Ms. Shepherd and offered concrete recommendations to the university for next steps. Many of those steps have already been taken, including training, a review and update of university policies, and the establishment of a task force that prepared a Statement on Freedom of Expression that was approved by the Senate of Wilfrid Laurier University and endorsed by the university’s Board of Governors.

The vast majority of Laurier students have an overwhelmingly positive experience at the university, which is reflected in the fact that Laurier has ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction among Canadian universities in its category in the Maclean’s university rankings for the past two years."

Shepherd's lawyer Howard Levitt say it's going to be an important case that will shine a light on people who mistreat students in the guise of political correctness.

Levitt adds he is doing the case pro-bono.

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