MARY WILLINGHAM


Whistleblower lawsuit might move to federal court

The whistleblower lawsuit brought by former learning specialist Mary Willingham will be heard in a federal court if UNC has its way. Experts say the move could mean the University will see a much quicker end to a lawsuit that has painted the nation's oldest public University as a place that retaliates against its employees for sticking up for academic propriety.“There could be some strategy behind this move, given the sympathy, or lack thereof, that judges in the Eastern district may have towards these claims,” said Christopher Griffin, an assistant law professor at the College of William and Mary who studies employment discrimination law.