IU Health accused of discriminating against former employee

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana University Health is accused of discriminating against one of its former employees.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission announced on Thursday that there is enough probable cause to believe IU Health discriminated against the former employee.

According to a release, the employee, who is Caucasian, filed a complaint with the ICRC on June 12, 2012, after he says he and his co-worker, who is Filipino, engaged in unprofessional behavior in the workplace, which led to a wrestling match.

IU Health determined both behaved inappropriately and violated company policy. The Caucasian employee was terminated, but the Filipino employee was only suspended for four days without pay.

The release said given the evidence provided by both parties, and following the ICRC’s preliminary investigation, there is enough evidence to believe that IU Health’s “rationale for terminating one employee while only suspending the other is likely pretext for unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.”

The release went on to say that in order to show he received a different discipline based on his race, the employee must show that “he engaged in prohibited conduct similar to that of his co-worker of a different race and, the discipline levied against him was more severe than those levied against this same co-worker.”

The finding of probable cause doesn’t resolve the Civil Rights Complaint. It means the State has finished its preliminary investigation and has determined there is enough evidence to support reasonable suspicion that the ICRC Law has been violated.

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