HOUSTON – A physics professor at Texas Southern University is
suing the historically black institution of racial discrimination.
Christopher J. Tymczak filed a lawsuit against TSU on Aug.
29 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Tymczak claims
his department chair, Carlos R. Handy, subjected him to disparate treatment
because he is Caucasian.
The defendant has employed the plaintiff since August 2006.
According to the lawsuit, Handy, who is black, opposed
Tymczak’s professional advancement by denigrating the complainant’s
qualifications for promotion and tenure, as well as issued “baseless”
reprimands and made “unfounded and defamatory accusations.”
“Dr. Handy’s actions against Dr. Tymczak have been part of
and consistent with a pattern and practice by Dr. Handy to take racially motivated
adverse actions against individuals who are not of the African American race,”
the original petition says.
Court papers further explain that Tymczak proposed a
mediation conference within the school to address his complaints of
discrimination, but the respondent “did not provide any opportunity for
interactive discussions of a mutually acceptable resolution.”
TSU purportedly appointed two faculty members to preside
over the discussion between the Tymczak and his superior to which the suit
insists “did nothing to resolve” the plaintiff’s concerns.
Per Tymczak, the subject ordeal took a toll on his health.
Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a
His attorney is David T. Lopez of the Lopez Law Firm in
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No.