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Court affirms summary disposition of race discrimination and whistleblower claims

In Wiltse v. Delta Community College, the plaintiff Director of Public Safety argued that he was a victim of race discrimination and fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a professor-student sexual relationship.  The Court held that since he discussed the incident with employer representatives after he concluded that "no criminal wrong-doing had occurred," his actions were not protected under the WPA.   Wiltse also alleged that the college president fired him because she stereotyped him as a "white skin-head, probably KKK, macho white male who shoots to kill."  The Court pointed out that there was no direct evidence of any such racial stereotyping and that Wiltse had not documented either disparate treatment or membership in a protected class that was discriminated against.  Summary disposition was upheld.

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