Today, the district (i.e., Raghu Mathur) issued a press release:
JURY VERDICT EXONERATES...RAGHU P. MATHUR...A federal jury returned a unanimous verdict yesterday finding that there was no illegal discrimination or harassment on the part of Dr. Raghu P. Mathur, Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College, toward Dr. Acely [sic] Mora.
Six years ago, Dr. Mora filed a lawsuit alleging that Dr. Mathur, then President of Irvine Valley College, failed to promote her to a dean’s position based upon her gender and ethnicity. She further alleged that Dr. Mathur failed to remedy a hostile work environment created by the person subsequently hired for the position, Dr. Rodney Poindexter.
After 6 days of testimony and presentation of evidence, the eight member jury of five women and three men returned the verdict in 45 minutes. They found no illegal activity on the part of Dr. Mathur or Dr. Poindexter.
“I am gratified with the jury’s verdict. It underscores that we are able to choose the best candidate, regardless of race, creed or national origin. Our district and colleges do take immediate action to investigate all complaints of discrimination,” said Dr. Mathur.
The attorney for the case, Dennis J. Walsh, commented, “I’m extremely pleased and honored to represent Dr. Mathur whose commitment to diversity and fairness was obvious during this trial.”
That Raghu sure has a way with words. The verdict, he says, “underscores that we are able to choose the best candidate,” etc. Well, that makes no sense.
But it’s true that things have now been underscored.
As you know, trial testimony revealed that the man that Mathur chose in the spring of 2001 was not the best candidate. This trial, if not this verdict, underscored that Mathur chose the worst candidate.
It underscored, too, that, four years earlier, he refused to choose the best candidate (for a biology position) “because of her ethnicity.” (The hiring committee chair and the Staff Diversity Officer testified that Mathur told them: I refrained from hiring a Sri Lankan candidate because I did not want to be accused of “reverse discrimination.”)
I wonder how female employees of the district feel about Raghu’s “exoneration”?
Women of the district, I ask you. Now that Mathur and the district’s commitment to protecting you from workplace violence has been laid bare, how would you feel were your boss to scream at you and menace you? Confident of protection?
My advice: get a baseball bat.*
At IVC today, everywhere I went, people spoke to me about the expected Mathurian retaliation. It was starting to bug me.
A colleague wrote an email that said simply: “It’s going to be duck and cover—or stop, drop, and roll—for a while.”
Meanwhile, Mathur’s supporters showed their true colors in numerous comments to this blog. Read 'em!
Odd. Mathur's fans all go by the same moniker: “Anonymous.”
(*Re Cely's baseball bat, see Cely's testimony)