McNinch refiles complaint against UOGWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam - For the second time, University of Guam Professor Ron McNinch refiled a complaint against the university for retaliation and a hostile working environment.
In the 49 page complaint against UOG, McNinch added two additional claims this time involving violations against his right to privacy and his right to a legitimate union.
In the court document, McNinch contends that he was passed over for promotion for the position of full professor because he assisted and participated in EEOC charges and investigations at UOG. McNinch is one of many UOG faculty and staff who have been vocal against UOG professor Michael Ehlert, who is accused of sexually assaulting three students in 2014.
The complaint notes that McNinch had been actively engaged in establishing a sexual harassment policy alongside the University of Guam.
Although the defendant listed in the complaint is UOG, the complaint specifically addresses the Union President Dr. Donald Platt. McNinch draws correlation between Platt and the retaliation against him.
A letter written by Platt was provided in the compliant saying, "Dr. McNinch's public campaign to make people think there was a sexual harassment crisis has brought unnecessary and unwarranted negative publicity to UOG and to its male Faculty members... I allege that he concocted a fake sexual harassment crisis at UOG."
As a result, McNinch believes the Union President's actions created a “chilling effect” on campus as well as cost him a promotion.
Although McNinch could not speak specifically on the matter, he told PNC his reaffirmed belief that the issue can be readily resolved.
In a statement to PNC McNinch said, "Regardless of any core actions, the university is a wonderful place for young people to study and this should not affect any parents or students with concerns about the university. This is simply an employment dispute.”
To read highlights of the complaint, click on the attached documents below.