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Professor is denied tenure and claims wrongful termination

Every new college professor has one goal in common: tenure. In order to be tenured in Michigan and in other states, one must meet one's particular school requirements, and one must have an overall good scholastic record. Tenure means that the teacher cannot be fired without good reason, among other things, and some colleges may be reluctant to give tenure. However, if a school fires a professor in order to avoid giving tenure, a wrongful termination suit could be called for.

A female Latina college professor of theatre has recently filed a claim for wrongful termination shortly before she would have been given tenure. She supposedly met all of the qualifications, and she holds a doctorate degree from a prestigious school, so her qualifications were not questionable. Her department allegedly had supported giving her tenure, and the professor claims that she was not given a solid reason as to why she was denied.

The only explanation she was allegedly given was an email vaguely mentioning some problems with student reviews, but no specifics were stated. On top of denying her tenure and firing her, she also claims that the school discriminated against her because of her Hispanic heritage. The college denies the claims of discrimination, but the college did not comment on the wrongful termination accusation.

All professors in Michigan and in other states want to be tenured because of the benefits and pay raise, and this particular professor believes that this opportunity was wrongfully taken from her. She seeks unspecified damages as well as to be reinstated into her position with tenure. Any Michigan citizen who feels that he or she has suffered a wrongful termination can seek the help of professionals in employment law to explore one's legal options.

Source: The Republic, Latina ex-professor sues Pomona College for discrimination, wrongful termination, No author, Aug. 20, 2013

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