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ULM professor settles harassment suit with college

MONROE — An internationally recognized University of Louisiana at Monroe toxicology professor has settled a lawsuit he filed against the university alleging he was harassed and discriminated against after he suffered a stroke five years ago.

The News-Star reports ( that the university announced Tuesday that it had reached "an amicable settlement" with Harihara Mehendale in the College of Pharmacy.

The settlement came after a jury trial began July 9 in Baton Rouge, according to attorneys. The case was heard in Baton Rouge because the University of Louisiana System was also a defendant.

Mehendale says he will continue to teach and conduct research as a professor at ULM, but he was asked to give up the Kitty DeGree Endowed Chair of Toxicology.

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