The lawyer for a plaintiff who is suing Texas’s Lamar State University has broken his hip and has filed a motion for the case to be stayed, or put on hold, as a result. The case was originally filed in May and, in spite of these new developments, all parties concerned are likely to want to put this case behind them.
The case isn’t very good public relations for Lamar University and, interestingly, it might have been due to public relations that the case came to pass at all. A former associate vice president and controller was, as she claims, fired because of a report she wrote that was leaked to the media. She completed the report as part of her job duties, and in it she uncovered fraudulent spending by staff and illegal behaviors of students living in dorms. Though the woman denies leaking any part of her audit to the media, she says her superior began retaliating against her after it was released.
Threatened with termination and retaliatory action while on the job, the woman claims her mental and physical health deteriorated and she was forced to see a doctor, which led to a medical leave.
Nevertheless, she was fired. She is now suing the university for damages and job reinstatement. She is also asking the court for an injunction that would prevent the school from further damaging her professional reputation and subjecting her to retaliation if she is reinstated.
Once this case proceeds, a court may decide if, indeed, this woman faced retaliation and if the Texas university acted wrongfully in its treatment of an employee.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Wrongful termination suit against Lamar University stayed,” David Yates, August 8, 2013