“I think it is fair to say she did not believe in the mask mandates, but she had never made a statement that she would not obey the mask mandates”
Would anyone be surprised if we see more lawsuits like this one in the near future?
Campus Reform reports:
Professor allegedly fired for anti-mask stance files lawsuit
A former professor at the University of Southern Maine Patricia Griffin filed a lawsuit, Griffin v. University of Maine System, University of Southern Maine, Glenn Cummings, on July 14 after being fired in 2021 over the university’s mask mandate.
Griffin, a former professor of marketing, claims that the university fired her after she requested data that would support the university’s mask mandate.
According to the lawsuit, Griffin attended a luncheon in August 2021 remotely that then-President Glenn Cummings attended in person. Griffin claimed that Cummings was not adhering to the mask policy which prompted her to request the data responsible for the policy.
After making her request, Griffin’s classes were removed from the fall 2021 schedule. She was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing on August 27, 2021.
After the hearing, Griffin allegedly received a letter from Cummings accusing her of failing to adhere to the mask mandate and that she was suspended. Griffin was fired on September 22.
Campus Reform spoke to Griffin’s attorney, Stephen Smith, regarding the lawsuit. He told Campus Reform the claim that Griffin did not obey the mask mandate was “simply not true.”
“She was fired under the pretense and pretext that she didn’t, that she wouldn’t obey the mask mandates,” Smith stated. “That’s simply not true. She simply asked for information about them.”
Smith said that while Griffin didn’t believe in the mask mandates, she didn’t break them.
“I think it is fair to say she did not believe in the mask mandates, but she had never made a statement that she would not obey the mask mandates,” Smith said. “She simply was challenging the assumptions and requesting information.”
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