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Professor claims workplace discrimination the cause of firing

Texas A&M University was recently sued over allegations that it has discriminated against one of its Indian assistant professors. The professor, who was originally from Wisconsin, claimed that his position was terminated due to wrongful discrimination against his nationality. He was in a tenure-track position in the Department of Marine Engineering Technology prior to his termination.

The story claims that the man had been working with the university for a while when he needed to renew his visa to live and work in the United States. Texas A&M would have needed to sponsor the request, but the university did not. Because of that, he had to go back to India.

The lawsuit claims that Texas A&M did notify the man of his tenure consideration review, but it was two years earlier than it should have been and during a time when he was not able to be present at the university. Two other non-Indian professors did not have their reviews moved up, so the man claims that the university did this to harass him.

In 2013, the man was able to return to the United States. Then, he claims he faced more discriminatory actions. He was forced to move his lab, for instance, and someone allegedly moved his equipment and threw his paperwork in the trash. He allegedly was forced to take on more than a full course load of classes other teachers did not want, and he was unable to take the extensions other employees were offered. Because of these actions, he eventually was wrongfully terminated.

If you've been terminated and think it was due to your skin color, gender or other factors, you may want to consider seeking legal advice. You shouldn't have to worry about being discriminated against at work.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Texas A&M University System sued for alleged discrimination against Indian assistant professor" Annie Cosby, Jul. 14, 2014

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