U.S. District Judge
Weir dismissed Kyrkanides' motion for summary judgment, ruling that Mullins' lawsuit can go to trial.
"We are disappointed in the decision," said
The lawsuit alleges that Mullins, 74, a former chair of the department of community dentistry and 40-year veteran of dental public health who also worked at the
According to legal documents, someone from Bevin's administration called
Although Kyrkanides, who is still the dean, denies he changed his attitude toward Mullins after the public comments, Weir notes "there is plenteous evidence of a strong negative reaction by Kyrkanides," with the dean telling Mullins to "get off radar" about the waiver. One of Mullins' colleagues,
Weir also agreed with Mullins' assertions that Kyrkanides had tried to cause trouble between Mullins and other professors, describing one email chain about Mullins as "a dense example of academic logomachy, but one rational take is that the emails show the Dean stirring up false dissension between Raybould and Mullins."
In January, 2017, Mullins was informed that his post-retirement was finished because he had not secured more grant funding to support it.
"If Mullins's version is correct, the Dean targeted him and ensured he would have no position at the UKCOD, come academic year 2017 -- 18, because Mullins had engaged in public advocacy over the Medicaid waiver," Weir wrote in his opinion. "A jury must sort fact from fiction."
"The judge got it right," said
Bevin's proposal would raise premiums and create job requirements for recipients of the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which provided 400,000 people with insurance, reducing the state's uninsured population from 20 percent to 7.5 percent. Bevin said the changes were necessary for financial sustainability.
In June, a federal judge in
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