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.