A former University of Kansas lab director claims he was fired for reporting what he says were improper uses of grant funds. This was the second lawsuit brought against the school recently alleging misuse of research money. David S. Moore’s lawsuit, brought in part under the Kansas Whistleblower Act, was filed in a Kansas state court and was made public on Nov. 14. The suit alleges Moore was fired in October as retaliation for “persistently expressing good faith concerns” about the improper financial management and accountability for the University’s Microscopy Analysis and Imaging Laboratory in Lawrence, as handled by the research and graduate studies program’s business office. Defendants include the Kansas Board of Regents, the university and several employees.
Moore alleges the university inappropriately charged administration, overhead and related expenses to the lab that did not comply with federal rules for spending grant money. He also contends the university discriminated against him as a disabled person suffering attention deficit disorder. Moore seeks his reinstatement as laboratory director along with back pay, damages and attorney’s fees. The lawsuit is said to be limited to claims under state law for wrongful suspension and termination. Additional claims will likely be filed with federal and state agencies for violating whistleblowing and disability discrimination laws.
Moore was appointed in 2005 as assistant scientist and director of the university’s microscopy analysis and imaging laboratory, one of 11 core labs at the university, according to the complaint. He was first hired as a research assistant in 1996. He contends in the lawsuit that after his appointment as lab director he became increasingly concerned about the financial management of the lab. Billing practices resulted in uncollected revenues for the use of the lab’s electron microscope or were charged to the federal grants of other researchers.
The Moore lawsuit comes shortly after longtime professor Curtis Klaassen filed an unrelated lawsuit in federal court in Kansas against the university and its School of Medicine. That suit also claims the university retaliated against him for his assertion that the school misappropriated federal research grants. Daniel Cofran, a lawyer located in Kansas City, Mo., represents Moore in his lawsuit.
Source: Associated Press
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