IU Health charged with discrimination in firing of ex-employee

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Civil Rights Commission announced Thursday it would pursue charges against IU Health for allegedly discriminating against a former employee.

According to an ICRC release, a former IU Health employee filed a complaint against the healthcare network alleging racial discrimination in his firing

The ex-employee, who is white, contends that he was fired for the same action that a Filipino co-worker was only suspended for.

In the complaint, the ex-employee admits that he and a co-worker were "engaging in unprofessional behavior," including a wrestling match. During the wrestling match, both employees tore each other's clothing, according to a probable cause affidavit.  

The affidavit says that IU Health then terminated the white employee, while the Filipino employee only received a four-day suspension.

IU Health claims that the suspended employee "ceased to participate in the horse play," and therefore became a victim of the fired employee's actions, according to the affidavit.

In filing charges against IU Health, the ICRC disputed that claim.

"Rather, evidence substantiates Complainant's claims that the Filipino co-worker was a full participant in the inappropriate behavior," wrote ICRC Deputy Director Akia Haynes.

A date for a hearing in the case had not yet been set.

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