University of Texas history professor Alberto Martínez released details about his pending lawsuit against his employer with Austonia, revealing a more thorough look into the events that led to him taking action against the university.
The incident occurred in 2018, after Martínez brought a supposed race-related pay discrepancy to the attention of his supervisor, whom Martínez said then retaliated and accused him of inappropriate conduct in numerous fashions. Both UT's Office of Inclusion and Equity, or OIE, and Martínez say the supervisor's accusations are false.
In an interview with Austonia, Martínez detailed the incident from his perspective and said that he believes this is a pattern of behavior from the university and that he has reason to believe it may be a problem in other departments as well.
"I know employees who mute their problems because they fear retaliation," Martínez said. "The American workplace culture at UT runs on compliments and self-praise, so if one raises frank critiques then some persons quickly become uncomfortable. One faculty colleague had advised me to accept that departments are 'consultative dictatorships,' as I note in the lawsuit."
In his report, Martínez said that none of the Hispanic or Black professors had been appointed to leadership positions that involved pay raises and course releases in 15 consecutive years. Furthermore, it found that few Hispanic professors were appointed to chairs of committees and many, including him, were underpaid.
The university's Hispanic Equity Report of 2019 showed that Hispanic full professors, as opposed to professors of relatively lower ranks, were paid 12% less than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, on average, even though they tended to exceed them in productivity.
"Worse, I know of multiple Hispanic faculty who privately complain of disturbing incidents of apparent disparate treatment, but most do not publicly complain because of fear of retaliation from Department Chairs and Deans," Martínez said.
Martínez was reported to the OIE by his supervisor under accusations of creating a toxic work environment, anti-Semitic statements, inappropriate conduct with graduate students, denigrating women colleagues and sexual misconduct.
Martínez was not aware that he had been accused of sexual misconduct or making anti-Semitic statements until after he had undergone two in-person interviews with OIE and waited 16 months for results. OIE found all of the supervisor's accusations to be unsubstantiated.
"I was not fully informed and therefore lost my right to fully defend myself against offensively false allegations," Martínez said. "Instead, I only found that out when OIE sent me their final Report of Investigation."
After the investigation, Martínez filed a formal complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission in September 2019. Notably, Martínez informed the OIE of retaliation five separate times and informed the senior vice provosts for faculty affairs and for diversity.
In response to the incident, UT issued this statement:
"The university continues its work to review and address concerns related to faculty compensation. Professor Martinez is a member of the university's Equity Review Process Consultative Committee where he is in a position to participate in the university-wide initiative to review salary differences, understand bases for differences, and offer feedback. We look forward to continuing this important work. The university will address Martinez's allegations about his individual situation in our response to his EEOC charge and our filings in the lawsuit."
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The club has been given some generous breaks from No. 2 LAFC, who had one or both of their star DPs out for the half. While forward Diego Rossi is out for the entire match due to a hamstring injury, Carlos Vela was accidentally pulled too soon on what turned out to be a miscommunication.
"He gave us the sign that he needed to come off," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said on broadcast. "I can't say more than maybe it's my fault."
The two breaks aside, Austin FC has been holding their own against the match favorites. In the signature style of Head Coach Josh Wolff, the team has been quick and intense, nearly connecting on several fast breaks. ATXFC has also kept about equal possession with LAFC, although their shot attempts haven't been quite as nervewracking as the home team.
LAFC has given goalkeeper Brad Stuver some scares with 11 shot attempts, four of them on goal. By contrast, Austin FC has had five shots on goal.
LA has pulled some dramatics and slowly gained more possession throughout the half, but ATXFC's defense isn't as shaky as it seemed in preseason. Jhohan Romana has pulled his weight in getting the ball out of goal, and defensive midfielder Alex Ring has shown the qualities that make him captain as he leads his teammates through their first ever match.
Will Austin FC win against the odds? It's tough to tell, but Austonia will keep you updated!
It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!
Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.
5 p.m: Kickoff!
It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!
4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home
Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.
4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium
Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!
~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds
With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.
~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA
(Rigo Rodriguez/Los Verdes)
Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.
Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.
11:45 a.m: We landed!
View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)
Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.
We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.
8:20 a.m: LA bound
Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.
A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.
As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.