The Texas Faculty Association, on behalf of three former faculty members who said they were unlawfully let go because of their age, is suing the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. The wrongful termination lawsuit was filed on Thursday, February 20 in a federal district court in Brownsville.
The staff counsel for the Texas State Teachers Association filed the lawsuit for Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Karen Fuss-Somer, and Dorothy Boven, who were all laid off despite their claims that there was nothing wrong with their job performance.
The three had been granted tenure at TSC and also became tenured faculty members at UTB when the two educational institutions merged in 1992.
According to the lawsuit, the policy to preserve non-tenured faculty members over tenured ones is “an artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barrier to employment” that has negative effects on faculty members 40 years old and above.
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