I have several premises upon which to base my wrongful termination suit and I look forward to the long, uphill battle this suit will present.
- Written Promises: I have several document indicating written promise for career growth within the university system. While these are not contracts, I have pages and pages of emails, meeting minutes, and private conversation notes regarding built-in promotions and the tasks I would undertake in those positions. While my employment was always considered “at-will,” being fired for no reason at all (besides personal beliefs as posted on a public website with the CAVEAT that my opinions never represented the university at a whole) is certainly wrong.
- Retaliation: I understand employers to be forbidden from retaliatory behavior when an employee has engaged in the legally protected activity of free speech. I’m no constitutionalist but I reserve the right to practice my rights as long as they exist for every citizen.
- Whistle-Blowing: As a former employee who reported activities that I found to be unlawful and harmful to public interest, I should be held in acclaim, not let go from a fruitful career in higher education.
Thanks very much to those of you who left legal referrals in the comments, I’m sorting through and chatting with several attorneys, lawyers and litigators to find the best one for this case. I don’t want to make this decision lightly as I understand this to be a long-term case that will take considerable cooperation between those of us on the same side.
I’ve reached out to several of the young women I met during my employment at Peck to see if any would like to discuss this case, if they have any contributing stories for which they have non-circumstantial evidence. The overwhelming response I’ve received is that they want to be a part of the movement, they have stories to share, and they have nothing even resembling evidence.
That’s the trick about sexual assault: if the only evidence that exists is pain and hurt, you’re not going to get very far. Until women’s voices are heard and respected, we can only continue to live in the grey area of self-reported victimization.