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UO therapist and former colleague claim school violated their first amendment rights

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A University of Oregon school therapist and her former colleague claim the school violated their first amendment rights and treated them unfairly. 

These new claims follow a major legal battle between the university and a student who says she was sexually assaulted by three former university basketball players.

While the girl isn't named explicitly in the document FOX 12 obtained, the timeline matches up exactly with the alleged assault and the lawsuit she filed against the school herself.

The student and the university settled that suit earlier this month for $800,000 and free tuition.

In this new claim, handed over to the university Tuesday, Senior Staff Therapist Jennifer Morlok and former UO Counseling Center Staff member Karen Stokes claim the school secretly gave a student's confidential therapy records to university lawyers in December of 2014, without obtaining the patient's consent or telling the therapist. 

Morlok and Stokes go on to say the university retaliated against them, and shunned them at work after they filed complaints alleging the school violated the patient's confidentiality.

In a statement sent to FOX 12, a university spokesman said the claim is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

"There is no evidence supporting any of the allegations. In fact, the university has worked diligently to find mutually beneficial solutions to challenges created by the very individuals who have taken this action."

The university also said both Morlok and Stokes remain fully employed by the school.

They are seeking money for damages associated with what they call the school's unlawful employment practices.  There's no word yet on the amount. 

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