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Ferraro v. UCF: Claims for Discriminatory Actions

Paul Ferraro, former defensive coordinator for the University of Central Florida football team, filed suit against the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Florida and the UCF Athletics Association, Inc. (collectively “UCF”). Ferraro claims UCF’s head football coach George O’Leary “berated” him and others with designs of removing Ferraro from his position in favor of another coach. Ferraro further claimed that O’Leary “created a work environment that was permeated by bullying, threatening behavior, and repeated discriminatory epithets” including making “discriminatory remarks” about individuals of Italian, African-American, and Jewish decent. Claiming he “had enough” of O’Leary’s behavior, Ferraro sent an email to O’Leary objecting to his actions. Without resigning, Ferraro indicated UCF informed him of his resignation despite never tendering his resignation. As a result of the aforementioned allegations, Ferraro filed suit for breach of contract seeking in excess of $15,000.00 in damages. Ferraro also filed a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC asserting a claim for retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.

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