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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH — Former Delta State employee sues over firing

JACKSON — A former Delta State University employee has sued the school claiming it illegally discriminated against her by firing her because she has breast cancer.

The suit was filed this month in Hinds County Circuit Court.

Roseann Buck was hired in 2010 as executive director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011. A year later, Buck says she was told her contract wouldn’t be renewed. University employees who aren’t professors work on year-to-year contracts.

Buck says her supervisor gave her the lowest possible ratings on her last job evaluation, even though she increased ticket sales, improved the theater’s condition and didn’t take extra time off for treatment.

A university spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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