Alma Martinez, a former professor at Pomona College, is suing the school, alleging they refused to grant her tenure and subsequently fired her solely because she is a Hispanic woman. According to the suit, Martinez has filed for wrongful termination and discrimination due to the fact she was refused a promotion and then terminated based on her race and gender.
Martinez claims she has never been allowed to access documents that would explain her termination, but according to the lawsuit, her academic qualifications were not in question. The claim alleges that Martinez met the standards of the faculty textbook’s requirements of “intellectual leadership, professional achievement and effective service.”
She is seeking unspecified damages and to return to her position with tenure.
California is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that without an employee contract stating otherwise, your job is considered indefinite- you can quit at any time, and your employer can terminate you when it wants, typically without consequences. However, if it can be proven that the cause for termination is directly related to the race or gender of the employee, it could be considered wrongful termination.
Discrimination can be emotionally traumatic for those who experience it on the job, and being terminated as a result can leave a person financially unstable. If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to relief under state or federal law. Contact our Los Angeles labor law attorneys today for a free consultation about your case.
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