COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the civil-rights lawsuit filed by Ohio State University’s fired marching band director, putting an almost certain end to Jonathan Waters’ two-year legal fight.
Waters was fired in July 2014 for ignoring a “sexualized culture” inside what’s known to fans as The Best Damn Band in the Land. He denied wrongdoing and sued for reinstatement and damages alleging reverse gender-discrimination.
Federal Judge James Graham on Friday rejected Waters’ argument that he was treated differently than a similarly-situated Ohio State female employee who faced allegations about “sexualized behavior” on the cheerleading squad.
Ohio State argued Waters was an at-will employee who could be fired for any reason and that he endured no reverse gender bias.
Waters could appeal but his lawyers have said he’s out of money.