March 10, 2020 – Two popular professors at Life Chiropractic College West, filed suit against the Hayward-based college, alleging the college retaliated against them for complaining about sexual harassment, gender discrimination and unequal pay. The lawsuit [Tamara MacIntyre and Monique Andrews v. Life Chiropractic College West] claims that Tamara MacIntyre, who was Dean of Clinical Education, was stripped of her academic and teaching duties and essentially forced out of her job because she made repeated complaints concerning gender discrimination, harassment and workplace safety. She also repeatedly complained that she was being paid less than men who held the same position. The suit alleges that after it took steps designed to force MacIntryre out, Life Chiropractic also fired her wife, Monique Andrews, in retaliation and because of additional discrimination complaints Andrews raised.
“Tamara and Monique were dedicated professors who were beloved by their students. The College had a legal obligation to take their complaints seriously. Instead, it looks like the administration kicked these talented professors to the curb. That hurts not only them, but also the students who needed them” said Sharon Vinick of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, one of law firms representing the professors.
“Both Tamara and Monique followed the College’s internal complaint policies to raise issues to make the College a better academic and work environment. It is unfortunate the College chose to lose these two valuable employees. I applaud Tamara and Monique’s strength and courage in coming forward to challenge the College and stand up for their rights” said Denise Top of Top Law PC, one of the law firms representing the professors.
For her part, Andrews alleges that Life Chiropractic fired her for supporting MacIntyre and because she also raised complaints of discrimination. Andrews, who is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a holds a Master’s in Neuroscience, lectures around the world and is known for her TED Talk style of teaching. She stated, “After I got fired, I received almost two hundred cards and notes from my students. I didn’t just lose a job, I lost a community.”
The couple, who had been recruited by Life Chiropractic from Canada and therefore worked on employer-sponsored visas, had to leave the Bay Area and the country as a result of losing their employment. “Our entire world was turned upside after we complained about harassment and discrimination. That should not happen just because we stood up for what we know to be right,” said Andrews.
Andrews and MacIntyre are represented by Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP and Top Law, P.C., two law firms devoted to representing employees in workplace disputes. For further information regarding the lawsuit, visit www.levyvinick.com or www.toplawpc.com or call Sharon Vinick at 510-318-7700.
A copy of the lawsuit is also available upon request.