Archive for Monday, December 13, 2010

Former associate vice provost files discrimination lawsuit against KU

KU officials say claims are ‘unfounded’

December 13, 2010


A former associate vice provost for information services at Kansas University has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was harassed because of his religion and race and, ultimately, fired in 2009 for making complaints.

According to the suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Dilawar Grewal is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in India. He is a member of the Sikh religion.

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In the suit, which university officials said was baseless, Grewal alleges that a co-worker became upset when he was promoted to associate vice provost in August 2009. He said he became the subject of “open racial and religious slurs in the workplace.”

He alleged he was openly referred to as “looking like a terrorist” and that once a co-worker pulled his pony tail and said people were likely to see him as “a terrorist.” Grewal said he objected, and the co-worker claimed it was a joke, according to the complaint.

Grewal alleges he complained in writing to Ola Faucher, KU’s director of human resources, and claims she ignored his suggestion that the IT department undergo training for sensitivity and discrimination. He further alleges he was fired shortly after he complained to Faucher.

“Dr. Grewal was an at-will employee of the university and through the course of our defense we will demonstrate that his claims are unfounded,” said Jack Martin, a KU spokesman. “Since this matter is now in the judicial system, any further response will be reserved for our filings with the court.”

KU hired Grewal in Spring 2009 as a director of research information technology services, and he was promoted in August 2009 to associate vice provost for information services.

Grewal now is listed as an associate provost at Wagner University in New York, N.Y., according to the university’s website. Grewal and his attorney, Linda McFee, declined comment Monday.


George Diepenbrock 7 years, 1 month ago

His name is Dilawar Grewal. Thanks for catching that.

RogueThrill 7 years, 1 month ago

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Flap Doodle 7 years, 1 month ago

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KU_cynic 7 years, 1 month ago

Interesting fact pattern:

Hired in summer 2008 (not 2009; see below), promoted in fall 2009 to the prestigious title of associate vice provost, and then "fired", presumably for cause (really?).

KU's press release dated June 2008 (available on-line in about two clicks -- dig a bit, will ya, GD) reports the following regarding Grewal's hiring:

"Grewal currently is assistant vice provost for research and technology at East Tennessee State University, where he is also director of technology and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education. He previously served for more than 10 years at Texas A&M University in research IT-related positions, including director of research development. He also was the library's research and development manager, founding director of its digital library and director of the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies. He earned a doctorate from Texas A&M in 1994."

begin60 7 years, 1 month ago

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John Hamm 7 years, 1 month ago

Wee bit of an over-generalization there don't you think?!

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