Auburn Firings

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Five more Auburn University employees have been fired, raising claims of racial, sex and age discrimination by the workers and some faculty members.

The firings, announced Tuesday, are the latest in a string of personnel moves made by Auburn interim President Ed Richardson. Since Richardson took over in January, 14 employees have been fired or shifted to lower-paying positions.

Among those losing their jobs was Janet Saunders, whose job as executive director of affirmative action was shifted to another department.

The others losing their jobs were Tim Meeks, a development programs director; Bob Lowry, an editor in Communications and Marketing; and Dan Rosenthal, an associate director of planning and analysis. Elizabeth Peel's job as director of alumni programs and services was eliminated, but she was offered a position with a lower salary. It is not immediately known if she will accept it.

Auburn already faces a possible wrongful termination lawsuit from Betty DeMent, who was fired as vice president for alumni affairs in March.

Spokeswoman Deedie Dowdle said most of the reorganization of Auburn's central administration is complete, but that some areas still may be reviewed.