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Southern University Sued for Breach of Contract by Athletic Director

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

Southern University athletic director Greg LaFleur filed a lawsuit claiming that the university breached its contract with him when it terminated his position three days after he was arrested on a misdemeanor prostitution charge. He was arrested for the alleged crime on April 3, 2011, and his termination from the athletic director position occurred on April 6, 2011. LaFleur was later acquitted of the misdemeanor prostitution charge, following a jury trial. 

In LaFleur’s filing against the university, he alleged that the school breached his contract because it had no cause for firing him. He further asserted that he was never given an opportunity to refute the allegations that were brought against him prior to losing his job. Additionally, LaFleur argued that the university could have placed him on paid or unpaid administrative leave following the arrest rather than terminating him.

In its defense, the university argued that a decision relating to LaFleur’s position with the school had to be made quickly to protect the athletic program. The university further pointed to the following in support of its actions:

  • LaFleur was given 30 days’ notice of his termination on April 8, 2011. 
  • LaFleur was paid until May 6, 2011. 
  • During that 30-day time period, LaFleur could have filed an appeal with the university.
  • LaFleur never filed an appeal and did not give the university any reason for his failure to do so.

LaFleur is seeking damages that include his base salary for the remainder of the contract. The agreement was set to terminate on June 30, 2013.

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