Judge tosses contract breach claim in MU suit

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 1:06 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Boone County judge has rejected a former University of Missouri professor's claim that the school broke an agreement with her to lead its communications department.

Loreen Olson filed a lawsuit last year after the College of Arts and Sciences withdrew a job offer. Dean Michael O'Brien offered her the job in May 2010 and asked Olson to serve a three-year term starting September.

Olson accepted, but O'Brien withdrew the appointment after they couldn't agree on compensation and job duties. Olson now teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Columbia Daily-Tribune reported that Circuit Judge Jodie Asel dismissed four of six counts in the suit, ruling that Olson did not have a legal contract because she didn't sign the offer letter

A gender discrimination claim remains pending.

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