Professor Brings Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Early Retirement Dispute
Assistant Professor of Education Fred Scheid is taking legal action against Penn State after he was denied an early retirement opportunity the university offered to some faculty in August, according to the Centre Daily Times. He filed the suit with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Oct. 28.
Scheid argues he met the age and length of service to Penn State requirements for the voluntary early retirement offer. A letter from Vice President for Human Resources Susan McGarry Basso was also included in the filing.
“We confirmed with the College of Education that your retirement date is December 31, 2016, which does not coincide with the applicable termination date of June 30 2017 required for faculty and academic administrators under the VRP provisions,” Basso told Scheid. “Therefore, you are ineligible to participate in the VRP.”
Scheid said the early retirement was only offered to select employees, not including himself; however, he applied before the deadline and asked Basso for an exception. This request warranted the letter, in which Basso said no exception could be made.
The lawsuit claims Penn State and Basso “jointly deprived” Scheid of $75,000, the one year salary guaranteed in the voluntary early retirement agreement.
Nearly half of those eligible (587 faculty and staff) chose to participate in the voluntary early retirement program, according to the Centre Daily Times.