Former UT dean threatens legal action against blogWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A former UT dean has threatened Glass City Jungle operator and Toledo Free Press fact checker Lisa Renee Ward with legal action and is accusing her of racial bias.
Eric Yueh-Ting Lee, former dean of UTs College of Arts and Sciences, said he would seek legal action if Ward did not remove a blog posting about him by Thanksgiving. He said he believes the posting would have been removed if he were white.
Yueh-Ting Lee claims Ward’s July 16, 2008 positing, “Dean Yueh-Ting Lee resigns from his post,” has had a negative impact on his career.
In an e-mail to Ward, Yueh-Ting Lee said, “I believe that the Web blog you presented or managed in July 2008 is related to libels and slanders, racial biases, or it is at least very partial. It had produced a negative impact on me and my career. The media which White people control only displayed negative information about me as a minority and ignored the racial discrimination against me by working with UT to hide racial discrimination [sic].”
The blog was posted the day after Yueh-Ting Lee resigned from his position on July 15, 2008, and links to stories from Inside Higher Ed and Toledo Free Press.
Yeuh-Ting Lee referred requests for comment to his lawyer, Kevin Greenfield, who was unavailable at press time.
Ward said she would not remove the posting from her site.
“I do not remove news material,” she said. “I do remove content if someone violates the rules of the blog but none of the content specific to him met that criteria. If anything, the material I posted showed he was treated unfairly by the university and was forced to resign. There was no mention in either the blog post or any links to his ethnicity being an issue. I’m sorry he’s having problems with perspective employers.”
Yueh-Ting Lee contributed a 2008 guest column to Toledo Free Press that was found to contain unattributed passages.