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Wheeling Jesuit faculty members file suit in wake of handbook replacement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 5, 2018


WHEELING — Faculty members are suing Wheeling Jesuit University in connection with the university's allegedly unilateral decision to replace the faculty handbook.

Darin S. McGinnis filed a complaint in Ohio Circuit Court against Wheeling Jesuit University alleging the university breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 26, the school suddenly replaced the handbook without faculty approval. The previous handbook was scheduled to be in effect until August, the lawsuit said. 

The plaintiffs hold Wheeling Jesuit responsible because it allegedly threatened faculty members with termination of employment if they did not sign the proposed faculty contract that automatically put the new faculty handbook in force.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant for declaratory relief. They are represented by Patrick S. Cassidy of Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell & Voegelin LC in Wheeling.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 18-C-89

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