The trail of deceit and discrimination at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seems to get longer by the day.
About three weeks ago, a federal jury in Birmingham found that UAB discriminated against a former medical resident from India, based on her Hindu religion. That is one of several cases involving alleged discrimination against international medical residents. And those could raise issues about federal funding at UAB, which generally is predicated on a commitment to nondiscriminatory practices. Much more on that in future posts.
Today, we learn that two UAB researchers have been barred from receiving federal funds after investigations revealed they had falsified animal-study results. Dr. Juan R. Contreras and Dr. Judith M. Thomas have been barred from receiving federal funds, and they no longer are employed at UAB.
This will not come as a surprise to Legal Schnauzer readers. We have written numerous posts about the culture of deceit that has come to permeate UAB and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees in recent years.
All of this hits close to home for us because I worked at UAB for 19 years before being unlawfully terminated in May 2008, and evidence strongly suggests it was largely because of the content of my blog, which has been critical of the Bush Justice Department and its handling of apparent political prosecutions--such as the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
Age and gender discrimination, conspiracy, retaliation, wrongful termination, and defamation also appear to be present in my case, which currently is under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). I intend to file a lawsuit against UAB (the University of Alabama Board of Trustees is the legal entity), along with a number of folks acting in their individual capacities, once that investigation is completed.
Wrongdoing at UAB goes way beyond anything that personally involves your humble blogger. Here's a sampler of sleaze from Birmingham's Southside:
* The UAB Health System cut 245 jobs, which came on the heels of reports that UAB had cheated the federal government out of approximately $600 million in a research scam that lasted at least 10 years;
* UAB apparently issued a false public statement after the departure of Health System CEO David Hoidal;
* UAB is beset with human-resources problems, including allegations that it tried to fudge numbers on a research study of female faculty members;
* Two UAB staff members, Dr. Thomas Spurlock and Dr. Francois Michel Blaudeau, are partners with Homewood attorney Rob Riley (son of Governor Bob Riley) in a company called Performance Group LLC. The company is the subject of allegations in federal court that it practices health-care fraud.
* A member of the UA Board of Trustees owns a company that was implicated in a massive insurance-fraud case in Pennsylvania.
We have only scratched the surface when it comes to sleaze at UAB, and we have many more posts in the works.
As for the recent discrimination case that went to trial, I had a front-row seat for that. The whole spectacle says a lot about the depths to which UAB has sunk, both in and outside the courtroom. It also raises serious questions about the integrity of our justice system. We will be reporting on all of that soon.
I'm hardly alone in being victimized by UAB. You soon will be meeting a number of other folks who have suffered the same fate.