A former employee is accusing Indiana University Health of discriminating against him after being fired because of a fight with a coworker.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has concluded its preliminary investigation, and officials there said in a press release today that it had found probable cause in a preliminary investigation to believe that IU Health’s reasons for terminating the employee, who is white, were likely pretext for discriminating against him because of his race.
According to the June 12, 2012 complaint, the employee engaged in a wrestling match with a Filipino coworker in the workplace.
The white employee was fired, while the Filipino employee was suspended for four days without pay.
“The issue before the Commission is whether the disciplinary action taken against a Caucasian employee was done so because of his race,” Deputy Director Akia Haynes said in the release.
If a court finds the IU Health did, in fact, discriminate, the employee could collect compensatory damages and IU Health could be ordered to change some of its policies or training.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.