The former head of security at Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts claims he was wrongfully terminated after he disclosed college officials’ failure to report sexual assault allegations on campus, according to the Boston Globe. Thomas Galvin, the former director of facilities and public safety, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and three of its officials.
“Instead of protecting students, the administration and officers at the college have protected their own,” read the complaint. “Despite that it was Mr. Galvin who exposed the cover-up of reported sexual assaults on campus to the college and then reported those failures to the [US] Department of Education and the director of state audits, the defendants set up Mr. Galvin as ‘the fall guy’ in order to protect the college and their jobs.”
Galvin discovered the allegations of the sexual assaults in 2019 and 2011, one involving a professor accused of “violating” a student and another against a professor terminated in 2006 following a similar accusation.
Gavin should have been commended for being thorough in his attempt to properly report these assaults, and likely prevent future incidents. Gavin is protected from all retaliation, including termination, under whistleblower protection laws. If you have been fired without just cause, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
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