Saturday, March 4, 2017

My lawsuit survives a motion to dismiss

On March 3, Judge Camille Kenny, in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, refused to grant a motion to dismiss my lawsuit against Kean University. I am meeting with a private attorney to discuss future handling of the case on my behalf.

Although the Council of New Jersey State College Locals—CNJSCL—has taken the position that my claims are not technically related to our union activities, I would argue that the lawsuit has the potential to increase the rights of adjunct faculty. The lawsuit challenges the traditional notion that as "at-will" employees, adjunct faculty have no recourse when their contracts are not renewed; it is attempting to establish the principle that when the discharge of an adjunct faculty member is in retaliation for asserting federal rights, such discharge violates public policy, and is actionable.

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