Former SUNY Plattsburgh administrator alleges race, gender bias

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) SUNY Plattsburgh is being sued by the school's former diversity officer, who claims he was the victim of racial and anti-male gender bias. Kelly O'Brien spent Wednesday digging into the court documents and breaks down the case for you.

The 24-page lawsuit references several instances of alleged bias during Dr. J.W. Wiley's 18-year career with the college as director of the Center of Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion.

Wiley alleges that in 2004 he became the target of a sexual harassment investigation on campus. He claims the investigation was conducted in an environment tainted by anti-male sex bias, stemming from the school's Title IX office, which he says systematically found males guilty.

Wiley also claims the school failed to investigate his complaints about racial and gender bias, and unlawfully retaliated against him.

In March 2018, President John Ettling informed Wiley he was under investigation and was placed on alternative assignment.

Wiley said he believed his white co-workers who had been accused of similar accusations were not treated the same way he was and he filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April. Two months later, Wiley says he received a letter from Ettling terminating him and listing no reason why.

Many students on campus told WCAX News Wednesday that they didn't know this was going on. Some who were aware of the situation didn't want to share their comments with us.

We reached out to the college for a statement and they said they can't go into too much detail but they do stand by the actions they took to protect their students.

Wiley's attorney had not yet returned our calls for comment when this story was published.