- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A therapist for a University of Oregon student who said she was raped by three basketball players has given notice that she and a colleague plan to sue the school over retaliation claims.

The tort claim notice submitted to UO by an attorney this week alleges the women faced retaliation because they complained that the school had accessed the student’s therapy records.

University spokesman Tobin Klinger said in an email that both women remain fully employed and the allegations contained in the notice present a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

The student alleged last year that she was raped by the players at an off-campus party. The Lane County district attorney didn’t file criminal charges, citing lack of evidence.

The student, however, sued the university and the case was settled out of court last week with the woman getting $800,000 and a free education.

In January, Jennifer Morlok, the therapist, and Karen Stokes, former executive assistant to the director of the counseling center, filed a complaint with the state Board of Psychologist Examiners against four people, including the counseling center director, who agreed to give the therapy records to university lawyers.

Morlok and Stokes also filed ethics complaints with the Oregon State Bar against two attorneys in the university’s office of General Counsel.

What followed, according to their lawyer, was a string of retaliations and, in Stokes’ case, being fired from the counseling center.

“U of O has discriminated and retaliated against Ms. Morlok and Ms. Stokes based on their complaints of the U of O’s violation of law, rules and/or regulation,” attorney Beth Creighton wrote, “and on the basis of speech that is protected by the First Amendment.”

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