do note: the incidents described below happened 6-7 years ago. As the original post notes, there has been a lot of change at the Penn State philosophy department since then.
You’d think that if the department chair decides to take action, you would see the chair supported by the administration. But that’s not necessarily what happens in a university.
From Leiter’s blog:
A former Penn State department head filed a federal lawsuit against the university and two university officials, alleging that he was removed as philosophy department head for reporting discrimination and harassment within his department.
Mitchell Aboulafia, who was the philosophy department head from July 2003 to March 2004, filed a lawsuit against the university, College of the Liberal Arts Dean Susan Welch and former Associate Dean Ron Filippelli for a breach of contract, violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and violation of First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
As of now, the link to the source of the above quote, along with a few other links, is not working, but there are more details in the post.