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Woman Suing Lehigh Over Bad Grade in College

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 The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor…lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages.

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Orloski said his client is the victim of breach of contract and sexual discrimination, and a civil trial began Monday before Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano over the claims. They’re nonsense, said Neil Hamburg, an attorney for Lehigh University.
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Thode, the daughter of Lehigh finance professor Stephen Thode, was attending the Bethlehem school tuition-free in 2009 when she received the poor mark in her fieldwork class. But instead of working to address her failings, she “lawyered up” and demanded a better grade, Hamburg said.
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Orloski also alleged that Carr was biased against Thode because Thode advocated for gay and lesbian rights — a claim Lehigh’s attorneys dismissed as baseless since Carr has a close family member who is a lesbian, and has counseled gay and lesbian people.
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Hamburg and Michael Sacks, another Lehigh lawyer, said that while Thode may have looked like a good student on paper, she was not ready to move on. They said Thode showed unprofessional behavior that included swearing in class and, on one occasion, having an outburst in which she began crying.

After getting the C+, Thode unsuccessfully filed internal grievances over the grade, showed up for meetings with her father, and insisted that Carr give her a written apology and a “plan for compensating me financially,” Sacks said.

With Thode on the witness stand Monday, Sacks underscored that Lehigh paid Thode’s freight — not just as a graduate student, but as an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania — because her father is a professor. Sacks also said the university set her up with jobs over the course of her attendance.

“Even after you sued Lehigh, you were getting free tuition and working for Lehigh?” Sacks asked.

“Yes,” Thode acknowledged.

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So this is where we are. Suing for grades.

» 24 Comments

  1. Noodengr

    February 13th, 2013

    I bet she grew up playing on sport’s teams with no winners, never was told NO to anything she wanted to do , never had a curfew. Now real world hits and BOOM life is not fair. About time you found that out winer.

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  2. Tim

    February 13th, 2013

    Dad’s a perfesser – you can bet Noodngr hit the nail on the head.

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  3. Claudia

    February 13th, 2013

    Can I sue my high school for my 11th grade algebra teacher giving me a D when I deserved an F?

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  4. Ricky

    February 13th, 2013

    I heard she is also the Special Olympic athlete of the year and she’s on the Special Olympic dance team.

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  5. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 13th, 2013

    Can you believe that loser’s kid’s white?

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  6. hanoverfist

    February 13th, 2013

    I guess retaking the test wont get you a cool $1.3 million.

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  7. venturaguy

    February 13th, 2013

    Why didn’t she just retake the class, work harder and get a better grade?

    Oh, that’s right – it would have taken effort on her part, better to just get a lawyer and scream “GIMME, GIMME, GIMME”

    Typical libtard

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  8. venturaguy

    February 13th, 2013

    I bet dad is real proud

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  9. Czar of Defenestration

    February 13th, 2013

    Reminds me of the cell phone service ad in which
    the voice of a whiny, inadequate, hipster guy
    goes on and on about how he wants this and that
    with his service then, at a certain point, pauses to say,

    “I want…no – I have the *right* to…”

    whatever the f*ck the little a§§h*le was whining about.

    Forget about “Supersize Me”.
    Someone needs to make a film, “Entitle Me!”

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  10. Sarge

    February 13th, 2013

    Reminds me of Sandra Fluck.

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  11. Dr. Tar

    February 13th, 2013

    I thought C+ was a passing grade.

    If she went through the schools appeals process then she shouldn’t much of a case. I hope her lawyer files all kinds of motions, runs up his bill and then losses the case.

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  12. Diann

    February 13th, 2013

    I suppose suggesting she see a counselor would only be adding salt to the wound, huh?

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  13. insolublog

    February 13th, 2013

    So, if she loses, will she write an entitlement tantrum manifesto, in crayon, followed by a murderous rampage?

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  14. CrustyB

    February 13th, 2013

    I’d be like, C+ is too rough for you? Ok then. D+!

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  15. Carlos The Jackal

    February 13th, 2013

    Dreams of becoming a licensed professional counselor;
    Becomes patient instead…

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  16. judgeroybean

    February 13th, 2013

    Another example of why we need tort reform, including Loser-Pays.

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  17. Tim

    February 13th, 2013

    I got a C in Quantum Mechanics. I went to the professor and asked “How could I possibly get a C – I had a 7 on the first test, an 11 on the second, and a 23 on the final?” (All grades out of 100)

    The professor replied “You showed a 50% improvement on each succeeding test and a C will keep you out of grad school. No reason to hurt you.”

    I thanked him and left, kinda red-faced.

    I should have sued him for $1.3 Million!

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  18. Hotlanta Mike

    February 13th, 2013

    Next she’ll be suing her parents for not giving her the genetic make-up to be a super model.

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  19. scr_north

    February 13th, 2013

    I’ll bet daddy is proud of his little girl. Really, Ill bet he is which explains so very much.

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  20. squatch

    February 13th, 2013

    Probably a safe bet she screamed about how stupid George Bush was for getting the same grade.

    ’cause she’s smarter n’stuff

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  21. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    February 13th, 2013

    What a great idea. I’m going to sue my political science professor for giving me a B – except that on those rare occasions when I went to class, I really wasn’t all that sober, so I can’t recall the professor’s name. Maybe I’ll just sue them all to be safe.

    Of course, this hasn’t impacted my career in any way, but I can sure use $1.3 million about now.

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  22. The Dolfer

    February 13th, 2013

    Daddy is AIDING AND ABETTING the process!!!! He is part of the problem. Then again he does teach at the school.

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  23. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 13th, 2013

    Whatever profession she lands in, steer clear of her

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  24. Tony R

    February 13th, 2013

    I think a compromise is called for. Give her back every dime she spent on tuition.

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