A university professor filed a lawsuit denouncing that academic authorities denied her a promotion because she has worked in the government of President Donald Trump.
Whitney Bailey is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University’s School of Human Sciences.
In the suit, she argued that she was denied the promotion not only because she is a Republican, but also because she accepted an appointment to the federal government after President Donald Trump took office, according to KWTV.
Under the university’s current policies, Bailey had applied for unpaid leave, effective December 2017, to work as deputy administrator with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Washington Times reported.
On her last day on campus before going to work for the Trump administration, Baley learned that she had been denied promotion to full professor.
“Mrs. Bailey suffered discrimination at a public University that has been intolerant of her political beliefs and affiliations, but more specifically, her public service for the Trump administration,” Geoffrey Tabor, a lawyer at the Ward & Glass buffet in Norman, Oklahoma, said in an email to The Washington Times.
According to KWTV, the lawsuit alleges that Bailey tried to resolve the situation with the university while working at HHS.
The professor argues that despite positive comments and praise for her work, she was denied her application because of her position at HHS and membership in the Republican Party. She said it is a violation of her First Amendment rights.
She also points out that since she returned to school, she has been denied access to various organizations and projects.
In a statement to The Washington Times, the university denied Bailey’s accusations.
“There is no merit to this lawsuit,” the text notes, adding,”Partisan politics did not play any role in any decision relative to Dr. Bailey’s teaching position and class schedule.”
However, according to KWTV, the lawsuit names the top administrators who, Bailey said, did not hide their aversion to the Trump administration.
According to the professor, an administrator disqualified conservative beliefs and compared a Trump official to a “fictional movie villain.”
Bailey said the authorities denied her nomination, even though the faculty committee voted 6-2 to recommend her for the post.
That is why, according to the lawsuit, the reason for the denial is evident: “Plaintiff’s political beliefs, status as a registered Republican, and/or acceptance of an appointment to the Trump administration were substantial or motivating factor in Defendants’ actions.”