WHITEWATER, Wis. - The former UW-Whitewater wrestling coach is suing the school's former chancellor and its current athletics director for unlawfully firing him and actively conspiring to keep him from getting another job.
Tim Fader filed the federal lawsuit last week. It names former UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard Telfer and UW-W athletics director Amy Edmonds in their individual roles as defendants.
The lawsuit asserts that Fader was not renewed as the school's wrestling coach in the summer of 2014 because he immediately reported an alleged sexual assault committed by one of his recruits directly to Whitewater police and not to his supervisors on campus, per university policy. After that, Fader alleges an official at a college in Minnesota called Edmonds for a job reference but was told that she could not "tell him the whole story," creating "even more mystery and (implying) additional but unreported misconduct on Fader's part," according to the lawsuit.
Fader also makes the claim that there are no records of an earlier sexual assault he had reported to university officials. UW-Whitewater is facing two Title IX complaints filed with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Education in the last two years. Title IX legislation was passed by Congress in 1972 to prohibit discrimination by gender in federally-funded education programs.
"This case continues to bewilder not only us, but pretty much anyone who takes the time to review what happened here," wrote Fader's lawyer, Stan Davis, in an email to News 3. "Tim Fader did what any parent would have wanted him to do, which was to immediately report an alleged sexual assault to the police. For the university to not only punish him, but fire him... suggested to us that there was something else going on."
A UW-Whitewater spokesperson wrote in an email to News 3 that the university does not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated Fader's constitutional right to free speech by defaming him and terminating his contract. He is asking for damages to recover lost wages and benefits as well as future lost wages incurred as a result of what allegedly happened at UW-Whitewater.
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