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May 6, 2013 / Akinyemi Ajayi

Rutgers University Basketball Scandal Continues into the Courts

In the wake of the national fallout surrounding the actions of the coaches and athletic department officials at Rutgers University, the man who blew the whistle on Rutgers by releasing the video that showed its basketball coach abusing players has sued the college for conspiracy, discrimination, and wrongful termination.

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Eric Murdock, the former direct of player development for the university was terminated from his position on July 2, 2012. Murdock alleges that he reported to school officials of Coach Rice’s abusive and unlawful behavior on several occasions. Murdock claims that his termination in July 2012 was retaliation for reporting the illegal activity that was taking place within the Rutgers basketball organization, rather than the reason given to him, namely, that his contract was not   going to be renewed for the upcoming 2012-2013 basketball season.

Under federal and California state law, employees are a protected class of individuals. An employer may not make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy preventing an employee from expressing concerns that state or federal laws are being violated by the employers’ practices.  An employer may not retaliate against an employee who is a whistleblower; may not retaliate against an employee for refusing to participate in can activity that would result in a violation of a state or federal statute, or a violation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation; or retaliate against an employee for having exercised his or her rights as a whistleblower in any former employment.

It is the public policy of the State of California to encourage employees to notify an appropriate government or law enforcement agency when they have reason to believe their employer is violating a state or federal statute, or violating or not complying with a state or federal rule or regulation.

If you or anyone you know has been unlawfully fired from your job because you spoke out about unlawful employment practices, contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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