A former employee of West Virginia University has filed a lawsuit against the institution, claiming that he was subjected to discrimination and other unlawful actions in the workplace. Filed against the WVU Board of Governors, the plaintiff alleges that he was ridiculed and bullied because he was simply fulfilling the requirements of his job. The claimed hostile work environment and discrimination ultimately resulted in his termination.
The man was hired to oversee the management of certain programs and actions that involved the use of state and federal money. A certain program, SciQuest, was purchased by the university for the purpose of streamlining various processes, but the claimant states that it was never properly utilized. He was concerned that, by failing to effectively use this program, the institution was wasting government money.
He claims that he pointed this out to his superiors, but his warnings were never heeded. Instead, the plaintiff asserts that he was chastised for being uncooperative with other employees because he did not approve certain purchases that he believed were wasteful. He was subjected to mistreatment because he reported unlawful requests to higher authorities at the university, which he believes was reasonable and well within the scope of his responsibilities.
No one should be subjected to a hostile work environment, discrimination or other forms of mistreatment in the workplace. No matter the reason, these practices are unacceptable and victims often have the right to take legal action against the employer. By speaking out against unlawful practices in the workplace or wrongful termination, West Virginia employees can protect their rights and seek rightful compensation for their financial losses.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Ex-employee accuses WVU BOG of discrimination, retaliation", Kyla Asbury, Dec. 7, 2015