Age discrimination suit against Lamar University was dismissed one month after filed

David Yates Feb. 25, 2016, 12:14pm


A former Lamar University professor’s age discrimination lawsuit was dismissed one month after it was filed, court records show.

As previously reported, Andrew W. Bacdayan, Ph.D., filed suit against Lamar University on June 19, 2012 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Court records show that on July 7, 2012, Lamar filed a motion to dismiss for want of subject-matter jurisdiction.

Bacdayan filed a notice of voluntary dismissal on July 27 and three days later the case was dismissed.

Bacdayan was hired by Lamar as a tenure-track professor of economics in 2001. In May 2005, he requested that he be removed from the tenure-track due to medical and personal reasons.

At the age of 71, in October 2008, he requested Lamar reinstate him to his tenure-track position. The University denied the request and announced the vacancy of the position.

Bacdayan applied for his old position and was a finalist for his former tenure-track position. In February 2009, he was told by the chairman of Lamar's Department of Economics that Lamar had decided to go in a "new direction."

The new hire was under 40 years old at the time of his selection and had significantly less experience.

Bacdayan was represented by Alan L. Quiles of the Quiles Law Firm in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00300

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