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.
- Social Security disability doesn't automatically earn ADA status
- When performance slips, don't let past good reviews affect decision-making
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- Beware justifying hiring or promotion with criteria that don't appear in job description
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