College Grad Sues Alma Mater

Nick Fishman

I just read a post on CollegeRecruiter.com which highlights a case in New York where a woman is suing her Alma mater for $70,000 (her 4 year tuition) for failing to help her get a job.  She says that the School’s office of Career Management hasn’t provided her with job leads and advice.

Why am I intrigued by what appears to be a frivolous lawsuit?  I wonder if those who have earned degrees from unaccredited academic institutions, or academic institutions that have become unaccredited since their graduation could be far behind.  How about those that buy degrees from diploma mills?  As employers spend more money on employment screening and education verifications, they tend to reject candidates when they discover this information.  Are they liable?

Jobless Graduate Sues College for $70,000-

NEW YORK – A New York City woman who says she can’t find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. The 27-year-old is seeking the $70,000 she spent on tuition.

Thompson says she’s been unable to find gainful employment since she received her information technology degree in April.

She says the Bronx school’s Office of Career Advancement hasn’t provided her with the leads and career advice it promises.

Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank says Thompson’s lawsuit is completely without merit.

The college insists it helps its graduates find jobs.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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