Suing public university for wrongful termination, retaliation for whistleblower complaint, discrimination, etc?
1. I filed internal complaints about years of hazing including my supervisor lying about university policy when establishing my hiring salary, improperly conducted performance appraisals, repeatedly excluding me from information needed for my job, isolating me in a makeshift office (formerly a storage room) unlike other employees, supervisor's racist comments, racial/sexual discrimination, etc. (Despite a university investigator agreeing on several issues in my complaint, it was dismissed. The university's framework for reporting workplace abuse is hostile and complaints are routinely dismissed.)
2. I was expected to secretly complete recommendation forms for student in their applications to graduate school and falsely sign for faculty, all without notifying the applicant or graduate program.
3. I talked to faculty about adverse working conditions. I was then ordered in writing to not talk.
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That sounds like a horrible experience; I'm sorry.
I would be curious about the timing of your internal reports and your termination. I'd also be curious about your involuntary leave of absence-- was it related to your internal reports of potential illegal activity by the University? Other questions are whether everyone in your position or similar positions were required to complete the remote work agreement or not, and whether anyone who was not required to do so ever submitted internal reports about potential illegal activity, among other things.
These are items you or any counsel you retain should consider when proceeding against the University.
Best wishes in your matter.
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Good luck to you.
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