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Former Professor Sues Purdue University for Breach of Contract


Posted on Jan 01, 2016

In a recent lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court, a Purdue University Calumet management professor accused the University of breaching the contract between the two parties. The professor, Gideon Falk, alleges that the University wrongfully reassigned him from his role as a professor to an administrative position. The reassignment occurred following an investigation in 2011 relating to an incident in which Falk used a campus urinal while a custodian was cleaning the bathroom.

In the complaint filed by Falk, he further alleges that the former president of the University made the recommendation to terminate Falk. The former president is France Cordova. Falk was a tenured professor at the time. Cordova reportedly recommended that Falk be terminated following the University’s investigation into the 2011 bathroom incident. In his own defense, Falk asserts that he had unintentionally used the restroom at the time that it was being cleaned by the custodian.

As a result of the 2011 investigation, a termination proceedings panel found that Falk did not violate University anti-harassment or sexual harassment policies. University officials, however, ordered that Falk’s contact with the University community should be minimized. He was thereafter reassigned to the administrative role. Falk is seeking compensatory damages, as well as attorney’s fees from the University for the alleged breach of contract.

Breach of contract matters in New York are subject to time constraints. It is therefore vital that you contact a knowledgeable legal professional as quickly as possible following an alleged breach. To learn more, contact an experienced New York business litigation attorney today. Call our office at (888) 497-3410 for a free consultation.

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