Miami microbiologist Jonathan Coffman is accusing officials of West Palm Beach’s private Christian college of firing him because he fought against expelling a student who became pregnant at school.
Coffman claims in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in federal court that faith-based Palm Beach Atlantic University retaliated against him for defending the presence on campus of an unwed pharmacy student who admitted to Coffman she was pregnant.
Neither the woman’s identity nor the outcome of the pregnancy was detailed in the lawsuit.
But, according to the conduct policy spelled out in the school’s handbook, PBAU students are to refrain from sex unless it’s with a spouse of a different gender.
Coffman, PBAU’s director of administration and planning in 2010-11, said school officials discussed her in a meeting in February 2011.
“Coffman complained and voiced his opposition to [her being expelled],” the lawsuit reads.
Within days, Coffman was moved from his executive office to something much smaller. And in May, he was told his position was eliminated.
Coffman, who now studies the bacterial content of ducks’ guts at South Miami’s Larkin Community Hospital, contends the discussion about expelling the student amounted to discrimination.
A school spokeswoman said she couldn’t comment on pending litigation. PBAU’s response in its court filing reads that it does not discriminate against pregnant students.
The bad news just keeps on piling up for Creed frontman Scott Stapp.
A family court judge in Delray Beach agreed to give the wife of the troubled singer of My Sacrifice full custody of their three children, ages 15 to 4, as well as sole parental responsibility.
What’s more, former beauty queen Jaclyn Stapp won full and exclusive use of the couple’s $800,000 home in Boca Raton, where the guards at the gate of the fancy new development are under orders not to allow Scott in.
Judge Martin Colin called the idea of shared parental responsibility “detrimental” to Stapp’s children, according to court records.
The temporary rulings come nearly two months after Jaclyn filed for divorce, describing how the singer of the Florida-based band disappeared from their home in the early fall and embarked on a cross-country drug and booze binge.
Like a regular Santa Claus, hip-hopper Ne-Yo just came through the area on a gift-giving tour.
The dapper singer of Give Me Everything dropped more than 100 bikes, video games, CDs, action figures, sneakers, etc., on about 500 foster care and group home children in Kendall.
The rapper, 32, was on his seventh annual four-day, four-city gift tour. “It feels so good that it’s hard to put into words, man,” he says about spending time with the children, “it’s amazing to see how these kids react to it all.”
Ne-Yo created the Christmas tour while trying to figure out how he could give back what his fans had given him.
“Music has given me much more than I can imagine,” he said. “It saved my life. So we started this thing.”
As for his reason for picking Miami, Ne-Yo says he did his research. “We pick the cities that need it the most,” he says. “We looked at the issues that people in Miami-Dade County face and the numbers, and we found this was a good place to start the tour.”