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University Makes a Habit of Firing Employees Over "Computer Issues"

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

Regular readers know that I was fired at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), after 19 years on the job, for alleged misuse of my work computer. In fact, as we've already shown here at Legal Schnauzer, I was fired because I write a progressive blog, one that has focused heavily on corruption in the Bush-era prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

Age and gender discrimination, and a number of other issues, are present in my case. But I've presented tape-recorded evidence here, and in federal court, that proves without a doubt that I was targeted at UAB primarily because of the Siegelman-related content on this blog.

It turns out I'm not the only UAB employee who has been canned over dubious allegations regarding use of workplace computers. Much the same thing happened to Rabin and Prabin Pant, who had been systems analysts at UAB for almost four years when they were fired in February 2008. Interestingly, their termination came roughly three months before my firing in May 2008.

The Pants were born in Nepal and are of Indian descent. They filed a lawsuit on April 23, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, alleging race and national-origin discrimination against the University of Alabama Board of Trustees (the official entity that oversees UAB) and Melissa Kelly, director of Health System Information Services at UAB.

The Pants' nationality and their choice of an attorney add an interesting twist to the story. We have reported about the case of Dr. Seema Gupta, a former medical trainee from India who was subjected to gross discrimination at the UAB family-medicine residency program in Huntsville. In fact, UAB is developing quite a history of hypocrisy and discrimination toward individuals from India and South Asia:

UAB Makes Money Off India, While Cheating Trainees From India

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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