A full-time instructor at the San Antonio law school since January 1999, Piatt alleges in a charge of discrimination she filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division that St. Mary's University notified her a year ago that her contract would terminate on May 31, the end of the 2008-2009 academic year.There's also this letter to the editor (scroll down) in the Express-News which says the dismissals of Rosanne Piatt and Cheryl George are not because of discrimination, but due to academic politics:
In the charge, which Piatt filed in November 2008, she alleges her belief that St. Mary's law school has discriminated against her because of her age and gender. She is 57 years old.
"If you're an older female at St. Mary's, you're at risk," Piatt alleges in an interview.
All across the school, faculty and staff members who had any connections to former Dean Bill Piatt are finding themselves without a job. Many of these people have excelled in their jobs and received excellent performance reviews, yet were let go with spurious excuses and little warning.Finally, here's a question from a member of the academic community on the Legal Writing Prof Blog:
One question that comes to mind is: why is the legal writing community hearing about this for the first time from the TaxProf blog? And what are we doing to help her? Like the Marines, we don't leave our wounded behind. Professor Piatt, if you're reading this and need our help, let us know and we'll spread the word. Semper Fi.