UPDATE: Liberty University releases statement to multi-million dollar lawsuit over former employee’s termination

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UPDATE 1:39 p.m.: Liberty University has released a statement regarding the multi-million dollar lawsuit from its former Executive Vice President of Management Efficiencies and Diversity, Kelvin Edwards.

Below is the statement that the university shared with WFXR News on Monday, July 5:

Liberty University rejects the claims of Kelvin Edwards and will prove them false through the legal process. The University and its president are fully committed to racial and ethnic inclusion and diversity throughout Liberty, including on its faculty, in its student body and staff, and on its executive team.

Upon becoming acting president, Jerry Prevo evaluated the executive team and concluded that among his predecessor’s mistakes was the hiring of Mr. Edwards to be an Executive Vice President of Management Efficiencies and Diversity. Efforts to work with Mr. Edwards to find an alternative role for which he was qualified with a reasonable compensation package were unfruitful. Mr. Edwards insisted on retaining the executive role with no change in compensation. Liberty offered to compensate him for returning to Texas, the inconvenience of the false start, and the transition time. Mr. Edwards refused. He demanded five years’ salary with no work, which Liberty simply cannot pay under governing law.

Mr. Edward’s lawyers have now reframed Liberty’s decisions as racially motivated discrimination by a leader not committed to staffing and achieving the Liberty University Board’s diversity and inclusion goals. Those allegations are completely false. President Prevo has assembled a high-quality and well-qualified team in Liberty’s Inclusion, Equity and Diversity division and increased its budget by over $1 million. They are moving forward and executing on amazing projects and initiatives with the full support and blessing of the acting president.

Liberty University

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit from its former Executive Vice President of Management Efficiencies and Diversity.

In this lawsuit, Kelvin Edwards claims Liberty hired him in June of 2020 and assured him the university was committed to keeping him employed at the university for no less than 10 years.

Instead, the lawsuit says Liberty University President Jerry Prevo terminated him on Oct. 2, 2020.

In all, Edwards is seeking more than $7 million in lost wages, future lost wages, punitive and compensatory damages, and for breach of contract.

WFXR News has reached out to Liberty University for a comment in response to the lawsuit, but has yet to hear back.

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