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Woman claims gender discrimination, retaliation at college

When a person in Indiana is terminated on the basis of his or her race or sex, for example, the individual may naturally feel violated and may seek justice. One woman in another state allegedly faced this situation recently and has filed a civil suit against the higher education institution from which she was terminated. In her suit, she claimed that the college engaged in national origin and gender discrimination as well as retaliation.

According to her complaint, a department chair treated the woman and other people who were not like him in a discriminatory and hostile way. This allegedly included non-American, non-white or female employees. The woman said the man would demean and threaten her in addition to physically intimidating and shouting at her.

In one instance, the woman, who is Australian, claimed that the man entered her office one day and closed the door. She said he then yelled at her and blocked her door, refusing to let her leave when she attempted to do so. The man, however, has denied the allegations. She later complained to the human resources director about the reported national origin and gender discrimination she was facing; three days afterward, she was terminated.

Gender discrimination or discriminating against a person in an Indiana workplace on the basis of national origin, color, race or religion is in direct violation of federal law. A person who feels that he or she has been unfairly discriminated against and wrongfully terminated for complaining about the discrimination has the right to file a lawsuit, seeking damages. A successfully fought case may result in remedies such as monetary relief or even the reinstatement of a job.

Source: columbiachronicle.com, "College, chair accused of employment discrimination", Jacob Wittich, May 11, 2015

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