Louisiana's numerous universities and colleges can be politically charged work environments in terms of workplace issues. Professors are subjected to similar discriminatory practices that employees in other professions face.
One claim that is unique to educators is the improper denial or removal of tenure. Tenure is a protective status granted to teachers that protects them from being dismissed without due cause.
Professors who are denied tenure may be forced to make life-changing decisions against their will, particularly if they have spent years studying, working and teaching in a highly specialized field.
At the law firm of Robert B. Landry III PLC, in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, we advocate aggressively on behalf of educational professionals at Louisiana State University, Southern University, Loyola University, Tulane University and other educational institutions throughout the region.
Appealing a denied tenure generally begins within the university or college system rather than a judicial setting. We meet with a professor's peers, administrators and members of the tenure review board. We review the decisions for denying tenure and determine if valid rebuttals exist.
We can attempt to resolve a tenure dispute through negotiations. Some tenure appeals require legal action, however. Attorney Landry is prepared to take that step if necessary and if it is in the client's best interest.
We investigate a teacher's performance and compare it to his or her peers at the same institution who have received tenure. In some instances, it can be shown that a tenure denial is based on unlawful motives such as race or gender.
Mr. Landry's extensive experience in employment law and civil rights violations provides him the knowledge to confidently pursue reversal of wrongfully denied tenure.
If you are an educator who feels you have been unfairly denied tenure, contact our office. As an assertive lawyer who understands the tenure process, Mr. Landry will review the facts of your case and provide a straightforward assessment.
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