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University of Phoenix Lawsuit

University of Phoenix/EEOC Lawsuit

In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC) sued the University of Phoenix, alleging that enrollment counselors who were non-Mormon were discriminated against. The federal lawsuit states that employees who were not Mormon (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) were not treated favorably when it came to reprimands, tuition waivers, and leads on new students (Gilbertson, 2006). There are 4400 enrollment counselors in the school, including 2600 in Phoenix itself. It is owned by Apollo Group, Inc., which is a publicly-traded company. According to Mary Jo O'Neill, who is the regional attorney for the EEOC, there has been a pattern of practice seen with the University of Phoenix and how it favors LDS workers over those who are not LDS, which is a violation of anti-discrimination laws (Gilbertson, 2006).

Joe Cockrell, spokesman for Apollo Group, said that he had not seen the lawsuit but that the company has always had respect for others and equal opportunities for everyone (Gilbertson, 2006). The company has both anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies, and there is a zero-tolerance stance taken on the issues. For years, University of Phoenix and the Apollo Group have had rumors of Mormon influence swirling around them (Gilbertson, 2006). The long-time President of the company was Mormon, and left unexpectedly in January of 2006. The new President is non-LDS, as is the founder of the company (Gilbertson, 2006). The EEOC says that there is a growing trend of intolerance when it comes to other religions in the workplace. Some of the former workers at the University of Phoenix are named in the lawsuit and are asking for damages and back pay, to which they…… [Read More]

EEOC. (n.d.) Employees & Job Applicants. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Retrieved from 

EEOC (2008). University of Phoenix to pay $1,875,500 for religious bias against non-Mormons. Press Release. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Retrieved from