Reverse Discrimination Alert: Male Chancellor Ousted For Female One

Apr 4, 2013 by

you are firedIndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s former chancellor this week filed a federal lawsuit against the trustees of Purdue University, alleging he was forced into retirement because of his gender.

Michael Wartell, who led the Fort Wayne campus for 19 years before his 2012 ouster, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court.

He’s alleging that he was forced to retire at Purdue’s mandatory administrator retirement age of 65, despite Wartell’s requests to remain.

“Purdue’s past practice has been to grant extensions to the retirement policy to all officials who requested them, including past chancellors,” the complaint says. “Wartell is the only Purdue official subject to the mandatory retirement policy whose request for an extension of the mandatory retirement date had ever been rejected by Purdue.”

The complaint alleges that Wartell was forced out due to an effort by former Purdue President France Córdova to hire more female top administrators prior to the end of her tenure, which concluded in 2012.

Wartell was succeeded by chancellor Vicky Carwein, who was appointed in June 2012. She was 64 years old at the time.

According to the complaint, Córdova outlined that intent during a meeting in late 2010 or early 2011, during which she “specifically pointed to a picture of Wartell on a board and said, ‘I am going to replace this one with a woman.’ ”

Attempts to reach Córdova for comment Tuesday were not successful.

Purdue spokesman Chris Sigurdson declined to comment Tuesday on the filing.

The suit is against Purdue University, members of the Purdue Board of Trustees, who govern IPFW, and Alysa Rollock, the vice president for ethics and compliance.

Wartell is represented by Carson Boxberger LLP of Fort Wayne. The suit requests Wartell be reinstated as chancellor and receive full back pay and other relief, including attorney fees.

via Former IPFW chancellor files federal discrimination suit against Purdue | Journal and Courier | jconline.com.

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