The Porn Performer Who Sued Her School for Discrimination

In a case that may set a precedent, Nicole Gililland sued her school for discrimination and won $1.7 million in damages.
In a case that may set a precedent, Nicole Gililland sued her school for discrimination and won $1.7 million in damages.
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Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard's podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet.

We don’t get a lot of feel-good stories on Cyber. It’s often a podcast about hacking and tribulation. So we thought we’d do something a little different and tell the story of someone who fought back against abuse and won. Nicole Gililland is a former nursing student who faced discrimination when people at the nursing college she attended began to dig into her past.

Gililland was just trying to get a nursing degree, but the faculty at Southwestern Oregon Community College decided she wasn’t fit because she’d formerly performed in porn. She sued. She won. A jury awarded her $1.7 million in damages and the precedent set could have far reaching consequences.

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On this episode of Cyber, Gililland sits down with Motherboard senior editor Samantha Cole to talk about her case and her future.

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How a Former Porn Performer Sued Her School for Discrimination—and Won

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