Baker University Employee Sues Over Dismissal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A former Baker University adjunct professor who was once the school's highest paid employee is suing over his dismissal from the university.

Russell W. Pieken, of Kansas City, Mo., filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 23 seeking pay and lost benefits from Baker, which has its main campus in Baldwin City.

Pieken taught several classes in Baker's School of Graduate and and Professional Education between 1999 and 2008.

The lawsuit alleges that he taught more classes than full-time Baker faculty but was given no benefits. Pieken alleges his job was ended in 2008 so Baker could avoid paying him benefits.

In 2005, Pieken was paid $200,904 as a consultant at 70 hours per week but received no benefits. The university's president that year, Dan Lambert, was paid $179,249 and $18,842 in benefits.

Baker spokesman Steve Rottinghaus said the university would not comment on pending litigation.

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