Judge won’t delay questioning of Ohio State president, investigator in ex-band director’s suit

A judge has ordered depositions to proceed on schedule in the discrimination lawsuit of Ohio State University’s fired band director.

In a Tuesday order, U.S. District Judge James Graham declined to postpone questioning of university President Michael Drake and compliance investigator Chris Glaros about circumstances surrounding the firing of Jonathan Waters last summer. Drake is scheduled to be deposed Thursday, Glaros on Friday.

The university fired Waters after an investigation concluded he ignored a “sexualized culture” inside the celebrated band. A federal investigation of the school’s handling of sexual harassment cases was active at the time.

Waters denies the charges and claims the school discriminated against him because he was a man, failing to give him the second chance it gave a similarly-situated female employee. Ohio State denies the allegations.

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