Grad files $1.3M lawsuit over C+ she received at Lehigh University

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A Lehigh University graduate has reportedly filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against her alma mater because of a C+ she received in a class in 2009.

According to The Morning Call, the lawyer of Megan Thode claims the grade “scuttled” the 27-year-old’s “dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing.”

The lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, tells The Morning Call that Thode is “the victim of breach of contract and sexual discrimination.”

The newspaper reports a civil trial started Monday.  Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano is overseeing the case.

Neil Hamburg, an attorney for Lehigh University, told The Morning Call the claims are “nonsense.”

The Morning Call reports Megan Thode is the daughter of Stephen Thode, a finance professor at Lehigh University.  She was attending tuition-free when she received the undesirable mark in a fieldwork course while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling and human services from the university’s College of Education.

Thode reportedly needed a B in order to pursue the next course in her field work requirement.

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