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Fired professor in Michigan claims wrongful termination

A medical professor was fired by Wayne State University, which has a location in Detroit, Michigan. After his termination, he started a lawsuit against the university, a lawsuit that has been investigated by the federal government. In the suit, he claims that the university took around $169 million, which was obtained through grants and the like, to use in ways that were not intended.

For example, Wayne State allegedly used $235,000 when the school needed to purchase 300 new lab rats. However, the professor says that the rats did not cost more than $80 each, with some costing as little as $12. He says that the school inflated other prices in this way to gain extra money.

The professor says that he found out about this and stood up for the truth, complaining and pointing out what the university was doing wrong. He also claims that he was terminated from his position right after he did this. He feels that his termination was unfair on these grounds.

However, a spokesperson for the university said that this was just his latest attempt to combat his termination, which the spokesperson claims was for misconduct. They pointed out that this is not the first tactic that the processor has used to do this.

When it comes to a wrongful discharge, someone who feels that they have been fired for something that does not warrant it, such as telling the truth when others in higher positions are committing fraud, has a right to contest their termination. Employment laws are in place to ensure that people are not fired on a whim or to cover up a wrongdoing, but that they are only fired for things that make it justifiable.

Source: CBS Detroit, "Lawsuit Claims Wayne State Bilked Research Money From US" No author given, Apr. 19, 2014

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