Category Wrongful Termination

Clark Atlanta Reverse Discrimination Suit Begins

January 30, 2015 DiscriminationWrongful Termination

Ted Bahhur, the former head football coach of Clark Atlanta University, filed a racial discrimination suit on Wednesday.  He alleges that he was fired as head coach due to racial discrimination by the school.  This case has already gone through the EEOC’s process apparently, as the University provided a legitimate business reason for its actions to the EEOC – poor performance.

Interestingly, Clark Atlanta took a play out of their available playbook in this case (pun intended) when they provided a legitimate business reason for their actions.  Once an employer takes this step, the question is no longer whether the employee can show any good cause as to why he thinks the action was discriminatory...

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Atlanta Fire Chief Claims Discrimination – Does He Have a Case?

January 26, 2015 DiscriminationWrongful Termination

Fascinating local news story about deposed Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filing a claim of religious discrimination due to his termination.

Looking at it from a legal perspective, I believe his case certainly meets the requirements for an actionable claim.  The City is giving a business reason for the termination as questionable “judgment” and “management skills,” according to Mayor Kasim Reed.  Going only by what we know right now – that there have been no public errors in judgment or management by Mr. Cochran, or at least no more or less than have been going on since the beginning of his tenure – the City looks like it’s simply trying not to say that the termination was based on his religious beliefs being broadcast publicly and (arguably) being forced upon his co-workers...

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