Fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters has been denied broad access to trustees’ records that he had argued might help prove his gender discrimination case.
The decision was issued Friday morning by District Judge James Graham after a telephone conference with attorneys.
Waters alleged trustees were directly involved in his dismissal, making their actions against other employees throughout the vast university legal fair game. A decision in his favor could have shed light on the nearly impenetrable decision-making processes of the board.
President Michael Drake fired Waters in July after an internal investigation concluded he ignored a “sexualized culture” of raunchy, profane, and suggestive rituals within the celebrated band.
Waters has denied the charges. He is pursuing separate discrimination and defamation lawsuits seeking reinstatement and $1 million in damages.
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