I attended the Mathur "discrimination" trial today in LA. I'll have more time to report on it tomorrow—I hope! Been too busy tonight to write anything. In the meantime, here's a quick update.
This trial is partly about the infamous Poindexter dean hire of 2001, which looks seriously dodgy. Prima facie, Rodney Poindexter wasn't even remotely qualified for the deanship (of Health Sciences, PE and Athletics at Irvine Valley College)—he had no supervisory or administrative experience—while Cely was amply qualified. And yet Mathur hired Poindexter, who turned out to be grossly incompetent, unstable, and, according to some, a danger to female employees.
That Raghu sure can pick 'em!
Part of the hiring process is the checking of references. All reference checks require documentation. They must be done using a special form provided by HR. So when the hiring committee forwarded three candidates, the chair of the committee (then-VPI Glenn Roquemore) went off (by himself, as it turns out; in court, he said nobody volunteered to go with him) and did the reference checks using those forms.
Today in court, the jury had a chance to look at them—filled out by Glenn Roquemore re Poindexter's 3 references.
It soon became clear that the three "references" for Poindexter were decidedly unimpressive (one was a former student). One "reference" declined to offer an unqualified recommendation for the P-man. These refs added up to practically nothing.
During the second-level interview of Poindexter, Mathur evidently got it into his head to ask Poindexter for a fourth reference. (That's what he said today, under questioning from Cely Mora's attorney, Carol Sobel.) That's odd.
And he didn't ask the other two applicants for a further reference. Strange, ain't it?
So, says Mathur, Poindexter gave him a name and a number.
Mathur now claims that he called the reference, and (surprise!) "it was very positive."
Naturally, he used the required form. It sure would be great if we could look at that form, find out who had such great things to say about Poinsie. We wanna read the superlatives for ourselves!
OK, so where's the form? Can we see it?
Today, Mathur acknowledged that that form has not been produced.
I assume that means that it disappeared. (Got any other interpretations out there?)
Garsh, that's odd! Doncha think? And it was so very positive, too!
TOMORROW: closing arguments. The jury goes off to make its decision.