After an incriminating video showed Rutgers University men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically abusing players, the school terminated Rice. The video showed Rice throwing balls at players, shoving some of the young men and calling them derogatory slurs. Rice was widely criticized in the college basketball community and beyond following the release of the tape, putting the university under immense pressure to take action against the coach.
Eric Murdock, the former director of player development at Rutgers, claims he raised concerns about Rice to university officials before the video surfaced. Murdock was eventually terminated on July 2, 2012, and has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state university.
“Efforts to get Rutgers to address their problems were ignored for months,” Murdock said at a press conference. “Instead, I was removed from my position. That is wrong and that is why I filed a lawsuit.”
If Murdock’s allegations are true, he may have a strong case against the university. Employees that report offensive conduct and illegal activity should be commended, not punished. Whistleblower protection laws shield employees from retaliation if they reports illegal activists they have observed in the workplace.
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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys