AKRON, Ohio – Thomas Bacher, who lost his job as director of the the University of Akron Press during budget plan cuts, is suingthe university for disparagement.
Bacher asserts President Scott Scarborough destroyed his reputation by incorrectly stating that a leadership issue existed at journalism, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in the Ohio Court of Claims.
Scarborough was named in the lawsuit, however was dismissed because only state agencies can be offenders in the Court of Claims.
The university does not talk about matters including pending litigation, a representative stated in an email about the suit.
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Bacher was employed in 2008. He and his two personnelemployee restored the press, which had numerous issues, and published approximately 20 books annually, the suit says.
On July 10, 2015, university officials stated 215 positions would be removed as part of efforts to cut $40 millionfrom the universitys spending plan.
Provost Michael Sherman fulfilledmet Bacher on Juy 27 and stated all 3 positions at the press would be cut, the claim states.
Provost Sherman informed Plaintiff Bacher that this decison was not based on the performance of Bacher, and was based just on counting beans, the claim states.
Bacher earned $107,064 a year, the university stated.
University officials later on revealed the press was not closing but was transferring to the library. Two weeks later officials announced the 2 personnel memberswould be rehired.
Scarborough, in an Aug. 26 interview with cleveland.com press reporters and editors, talked about the UA Press actions.
He admitted that cuts were made too deep. He stated authorities had been unaware that the staff members were required to deal with jobs that were underway or prepared at journalism.
He also said a management concern existed at the press, and his desire not to disparage someoneled to an absence of details being launched about why staff members were laid off.
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Bachers lawsuit stated Scarboroughs declaration about management was false and no management issue was brought to his interest. The statementwasdefamatory and has injured his reputation, Bacher says in the lawsuit.
Bacher is seeking damages of at least $25,000 and a statement from Scarborough and UA that the statement was incorrect.