A University of Texas at Austin professor is suing the university after a supposed race-related incident garnered retaliation by a supervisor.
History professor and plaintiff Alberto Martínez said the incident took place in the spring of 2018, after he distributed a report highlighting racial disparities in pay and promotions within the history department.
The lawsuit states that Martínez alerted his supervisor that there was "discrimination" and "marginalization" of Hispanic employees in the department, and that he was then appointed chair of the new "Committee on Equity" to review governance, salaries and promotions in the department.
Martínez drafted a report titled, "Report: Equity in Salaries and Raises," which included compensation records that revealed unequal pay and promotion in the history department, primarily among Black and Hispanic employees. The report was distributed on Oct. 15, 2018, according to the lawsuit.
Four days later, Martínez was told by a supervisor that the equity committee would be disbanded. Instead, the committee was maintained but the supervisor continually created subcommittees and appointed chairs to them without permission from Martinez.
Subsequently, the supervisor ceased meeting with Martínez in favor of the new subcommittee chairs. The lawsuit stated that the supervisor accused Martínez of creating a "toxic" work environment, making discriminatory and anti-semitic comments, sexual misconduct and degrading his female coworkers. The supervisor also reported Martínez to UT's Office of Inclusion and Equity, or OIE.
The lawsuit states that the supervisor's accusations are baseless and "entirely false." After eight months of interviews and investigations, OIE declared the supervisor's allegations against Martinez as false, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states that based on the evidence, "it is clear that (the supervisor's) actions constitute retaliation against him for engaging in a protected activity" and that the supervisor hindered and undermined Martínez's work on the committee.
Martínez is seeking an injunction prohibiting UT from engaging in unlawful practices, "additional equitable relief as may be appropriate such as a raise to parity with White comparators, promotion, front pay, and court costs," attorneys fees and additional damages.
Austonia has reached out to UT for comment.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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