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Dynamic Chiropractic – February 26, 2001, Vol. 19, Issue 05

Professors File Civil Rights Suit against Life U.

Claim Demotions and Terminations based on Religion

By Editorial Staff
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that three ex-professors of Life University, Bruce Harman, Bert Silverman and Donald Gutstein, and one part-time professor, Dennis Ralin, filed civil suit in U.S. District Court December 19, 2000, claiming the university discriminated against them in terms and conditions of employment.

The suit specifies that while the four professors received favorabe performance reviews during their tenures they were replaced in their full-time positions by younger, non-Jewish professors. They allege that their demotions and terminations were based on their being Jewish.

The plaintiffs further allege that the founder and president of Life University, Sid Williams,DC, made derogatory comments to them and other Jewish employees. The offending verbal remarks reported by the plaintiffs included Dr. Williams repeatedly calling members of the Jewish faculty "New York Jews," and referring to "all these Jews" during a student body assembly.

The suit includes a letter written by Dr. Williams to Professor Harman in May 1995, when Professor Harman was on medical leave to recover from back surgery. In the letter, Dr. Williams states:

"Jews don't have pain like ordinary people ... I know there is really nothing wrong with you."

The plaintiffs also allege age discrimination, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and slander.

The plaintiffs are represented by Slater & King of Atlanta.

 



ACA, UnitedHealthcare Make Inroads

ARLINGTON, VA - ACA representatives recently held a roundtable discussion with officials of the Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare Networks (UHN), the second-largest managed care group in the nation. The ACA left impressed, hailing UHN's "care coordination program" as a major step toward high-quality patient care and a sign of renewed faith between doctors and the managed care, industry.

"It's definitely a step in the right direction, and will open the door for managed care plans to work in cooperation with specialty groups, such as doctors of chiropractic, as products are designed and implemented," said ACA President Dr. James Mertz.

After UHN unveiled its new program in November 1999, the ACA requested a meeting with the managed care group to discuss chiropractic's approach to health care. At the meeting, the ACA discussed the growing amount of clinical research that supports evidence-based chiropractic care, and the greater satisfaction among those patients that are able to access chiropractic in their managed care plans. UHN officials said they would be willing to allow ACA to present this information to the health plan's largest employers to sell the chiropractic wellness concept.

 



Cleveland College Receives Bronze Award for Alumni Website

Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City (CCC-KC) received a bronze award for its alumni website from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of education specialists.

The college was one of a thousand entries in the competition, and was one of the 84 institutions submitting sites. CCC-KC's reconstructed website (http://www.clevelandchiropractic.edu/) incorporates "slide show" graphics, a colorful home page, and a comprehensive search engine. The site also includes CCC-KC's 78-year-old history, demographics of its student population, and information about its Los Angeles campus.

Amelia Trollinger, the site's webmaster, was honored at CASE's awards dinner on January 16.


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