Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Michigan lawprof sues university, law school, and Dean West...
...for discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, and family status. Some of the allegations about discriminatory conduct are very vague and conclusory, and hard to assess; others are quite specific, such as about deviations from an allegedly lockstep salary structure to the disadvantage of plaintiff, and allegations about shockingly inappropriate emails sent by Dean West to the plaintiff. Paragraphs 50, 65 ff., 71, and 74 of the complaint make clear that there was considerable tension between plaintiff and the Law School over a period of years, with the Law School alleging misconduct by the plaintiff on more than one occasion, while the plaintiff claims these were retaliatory actions by the school for protected conduct (such as advocating for diversity). If this gets to discovery, it will be extremely embarrassing either for the Law School or the plaintiff, and perhaps both.