Was He Fired For Being A Man?

Michael Wartell
Michael Wartell

Lots of workplaces are making concerted efforts to recruit women and minorities. But that pursuit of diversity can sometimes step on the wrong side of the law. That's what the the former chancellor of a major Indiana university is claiming. According to his lawsuit, reported by INC Now, he was forced out at the retirement age of 65, and replaced by a woman just a year younger.

For 19 years, Michael Wartell served as the chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the fifth largest public university in Indiana. During his reign, the longest in the university's history, Wartell led the university to some great achievements: 25 new buildings, a 150 percent increase in enrollment, and NCAA Division 1 status in athletics. The university even honored Wartell with a Champion of Diversity Award. So he was a little surprised when he was asked to step down in 2012.