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Christ Academy to Pay $100K

Thursday, August 16th

The jury has reached a verdict in the Christ Academy trial and the school is going to have to pay up $100,000.

The jury voted that  both Robbie Kelly and Keven Robertson who worked at Christ Academy were not fired because of  gender discrimination.
But, the jury did find that the school fired Keven in retaliation. The jury awarded her a total of $100,000 for emotional damages.
Newschannel 6 spoke with Keven about what the jury's verdict meant for her.

"I'm so thankful that we have a justice system that works and I'm so thankful that, I really feel justice happened today, in my case. I think this community, I'm hopeful that this community, I know a lot of people in this area have been really involved in this case, and I just hope that now that it's over that we can close the book and learn a lesson from it and move on," said Robertson.

Christ Academy released a statement about the case,

 "We are pleased that the jury properly found no gender discrimination in this case. Christ Academy takes a great deal of pride in ensuring equality in the workplace. We are exploring our legal options ahead, and look forward to beginning our school year on August 27th."

Wednesday, August 15th

Testimony is underway at the Wichita County Federal Courthouse in the discrimination case against Christ Academy. Two female former employees are suing the school on the grounds of gender discrimination.

The pair claims the school showed favoritism to males when it fired five employees. They said the school replaced those five positions with five men who received higher salaries even though they weren't qualified.

Tuesday, August 14

A total of six witnesses took the stand. The jury heard from current and former members for the Christ Academy School Broad. They also heard from other witnesses who worked close with the school.

Testimony included witnesses being asked about various board meetings, back in March of 2010, where members discussed the termination of former Christ Academy employee's Robbie Kelly and Keven Robertson. They are the plaintiffs in this case.

Also discussed on the witness stand was Kelly's efforts to raise millions for a school capital campaign.

Later into a long day of testimony, Keven Robertson took the stand. Robertson, who's former position was Head-Master at Christ Academy, claims the board terminated her employment five months before her contract expired without warning.

Robertson claims board members gave her nothing but positive feedback on her performance, and said her termination was gender discrimination.

Board members who testified said that Christ Academy was losing donor money and attendance, and needed to make cuts due to the budget.

Documents claim that Robertson was fired due to her lack of leadership and for 25 families who were leaving Christ Academy.  

Wednesday, August 15

Wednesday morning Keven Robertson took the stand once again.

Robertson's finial hours on the stand consisted of defense attorney's cross examining her the job duties she fulfilled and leadership skills while employed at Christ Academy as Head Master. Defense attorney's went through evidence which consisted of various documentation ranging from text messages, emails, conversations at the time of her employment at the school.

Robertson claims she fulfilled her job duties and she was being discriminated  against . She also claims she feels her divorce influenced board members when it came to her termination.

Next to take the stand Wednesday was Robbie Kelly. Plaintiff attorneys focused on Kelly's job performance in fulfilling her duties when she worked at Christ Academy, as development director.

Kelly claims her job duties put her in charge of fundraising and developments for the school, and to raise $12,000,000 for a capital campaign. But despite raising nearly $11,000,000 the school board retaliated against her, fired her and hired a man to take over her position.

Testimony got intense when cross examination started between Kelly and defense attorneys. Defense attorney's focused on certain incidents , that Kelly claims she was discriminated against because of her gender .

Back in 2010 Kelly claims a fellow employee told her quote, "Men don't want to sit across women in a business deal." That was in reference to Kelly's fundraising efforts.

Defense attorneys argue that Kelly's position was eliminated due to her poor performance to bring in donors and money.

The trial continues tomorrow morning at the U.S. District Court in Wichita Falls.

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