Jon Waters has reached an agreement with Ohio State to dismiss two lawsuits he filed against the university after he was fired as director of the marching band in 2014, the school announced Wednesday. Ohio State will not seek to recover costs from him.
A university investigation that determined Waters should have been aware of the “sexualized culture” within the band led to his firing. He alleged he was fired without due process and was discriminated against based on his gender.
“(Waters) has voluntarily dismissed all of his claims against the University, including all appeals, in exchange for the University not seeking to recover its costs from him, as OSU would be entitled to do as the prevailing party,” Ohio State said in a statement.
“The decision by Mr. Waters to terminate his two pending cases leaves in place the prior rulings of the U.S. District Court in Columbus and the Ohio Court of Claims, which both found against Mr. Waters. Ohio State is pleased this litigation is now concluded and all parties can move forward.”
Judges already ruled against Waters in two lawsuits — once on his defamation claim in July and once in August for the gender discrimination claim.