Purdue Fights Ft. Wayne Chancellor Retirement Lawsuit
September 3, 2014 — The Associated Press — Purdue University is continuing its efforts to keep secret a report about the ouster of the Fort Wayne campus chancellor, even though federal and state judges have ruled it isn’t protected by attorney-client privilege.
Michael Wartell has sued the university over being forced to retire at age 65 as leader of the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus in 2011. He is claiming discrimination and harassment.
The Journal Gazette reports that Purdue University lawyers on Tuesday asked federal Judge Robert Miller Jr. for permission to keep the all or part of the report secret, saying it contains confidential information.
Miller ruled last week the report by investigator John Trimble needed to be given to Wartell’s lawyers. The judge said Trimble didn’t tell Wartell he was an attorney for Purdue.