IU Health accused of discriminating against former employee

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A former Indiana University Health worker has accused the health company of discriminating against him following a wrestling match between him and another employee.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has finished its preliminary investigation into the accusation and determined there was probable cause to believe the discrimination may have happened.

The accusations began with a complaint filed in June 2012 after the man, who is white, was terminated from IU Health. According to the complaint, the man and his coworker, who is Filipino, were doing something inappropriate in the workplace that led to a wrestling match. Although the white employee was fired, the Filipino worker continued employment after a four-day suspension without pay.

The ICRC’s early investigating indicated IU Health’s firing of one employee and suspension of the other “is likely the pretext for unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.”

ICRC will now move on to the next steps of its complaint process.

Indiana University Health released this statement on the issue Thursday:

While we don’t comment on active legal matters, IU Health is confident that we have a fair, unbiased and structured process in place to deal with personnel matters of this nature.  IU Health is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our patients, team members and visitors.

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