Florida Gulf Coast University may pay as much as $650,000 to settle an age and gender discrimination lawsuit with Johnny McGaha, former dean of the college of professional studies.
When he was demoted to a professorship in 2005, McGaha, 64, said the move was retaliation for complaining about discrimination at the university. The agreement grants $250,000 to McGaha and another $100,000 to his attorneys. It also calls for a raise and extension of his contract, or an additional payout of $300,000.
Note: When contemplating a demotion or other adverse action against an employee in a protected class, make sure you have documented legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasons for the action.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Pay attention to timing when asking applicants to sign arbitration agreements
- 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' didn't violate child labor laws
- Before you decide to fire, make sure past job evaluations support your rationale
- Don't deduct training costs from ex-Employee's pay