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Dean sues employer, claiming wrongful termination

Sex discrimination and sexual harassment are both illegal, and both can expose employers and others to legal liability. Furthermore, it is also illegal to retaliate against those reporting sex discrimination or sexual harassment. These legal rules have come to the fore as a former greater Los Angeles-area college dean has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer.

The former dean filed the lawsuit last month against Brandman University in Irvine. In her complaint, she alleges that she was fired last year in retaliation for her reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. She said that she complained to the university's human resources department after she witnessed the school's provost engage in demeaning behavior toward women in the workplace. According to the complaint, the university dismissed her claims and then terminated her.

In a statement to a reporter, the university denied the former dean's claims. According to the statement, the former dean was discharged after an investigation revealed complaints against the former dean by two unnamed employees. The university said that the former dean rejected the investigation's findings as well as the corrective action the university proposed.

It's very common for wrongful termination cases to have vastly different allegations made by terminated employees and their former employers. Employers always seem to have an explanation that makes the terminated employee look bad. Former employees should not let this discourage them from enforcing their rights under civil rights law and contract law, however. Also, being a defendant in a wrongful termination case will set an example for retaliating employers and other employers tempted to retaliate against employees demanding accountability.

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