SHSU charged with racial, gender work discrimination

A formal complaint has been filed against the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice with the Texas Workforce Commission alleging years of discrimination and abuse.

Professor Howard Henderson has filed a charge claiming that the Dean of Criminal Justice Vincent Webb, Ph.D., has deliberately denied him equal opportunity to advance his career based upon his race and sex.

In the charge, Henderson states that he has been continually denied fair chances at advancement and subjected to lesser compensation than adjunct faculty, despite having two years of tenure.

Within the claims Henderson lists eight separate offenses he alleges Webb committed against him out of race-based preferential treatment as well as retaliation for filing complaints.

Henderson alleges Webb denied him the opportunity to teach doctoral level courses, teach abroad and promote his academic research within the college. Henderson also asserts that Webb has denied his request for outside employment, despite it being supported by a department-wide policy.

According to documents filed on Henderson’s behalf with the Texas Southern District Court, he is seeking substantial monetary compensation from SHSU.

Henderson could not be reached for comment by press time. SHSU declined to comment on the situation.

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