By Kaitlin Mayhew -- email@example.com
WINCHESTER -- Former Democratic state Senate candidate Shaun Broy filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday, claiming discrimination and wrongful termination from his position with Shenandoah University.
Broy, a Stephens City resident, ran unsuccessfully for the 27th District state Senate seat against Jill Holtzman Vogel. He lost that race last month by a margin of about 3 to 1.
He said he was terminated from his position as the manager of box offices at the university on Dec. 5 as a result of "discriminatory and retaliatory treatment."
Broy had held the position since June 6 of this year.
When contacted Wednesday, Broy would not go into detail about how he was discriminated against by university officials.
"I can't go into details on [that]. That's in the hands of the EEOC investigators. I am sure that with time, and allowing the investigation to take place, it will reveal the why and how and what that many people may be asking," he said. "That's all I can say at this time. I have a lot to say, and I wish I could."
Broy sent out a news release Wednesday afternoon announcing that he had filed the paperwork with the EEOC.
"I felt like it was important for the community to know that I was no longer with the university," he said in an phone interview.
There are three possible outcomes after the complaint is reviewed by an investigator, according to Broy. In the first, the EEOC could issue to Broy a right to sue, which would mean that he could take the case to court and pursue a lawsuit on his own behalf.
The second possibility would be that the EEOC could file the suit itself, which Broy said only happens in extreme cases where the agency feels it needs to set a precedent.
The third option is that a type of mediation could be recommended, and then both parties would participate in coming to an agreement.
He believes the investigation will begin within 30 days.
Broy said he is particularly saddened by the fact that he felt he was forced to file this complaint in spite of his "deep roots" in the Shenandoah University community.
He was a student at the university himself, graduating in 2001 with a degree in political science and minor in mass communications. Broy also served as student government president.
"I felt very comfortable going back into the world that I was placed in," he said.
However, he said that feeling changed about a month into his position.
"The role changed very dramatically in the middle of July, and the demands upon me changed quite dramatically," he said. "That all coincided with a number of events that took place and things that the university ignored and decided not to address, which, if ultimately ruled in my favor, will be their downfall."
Broy announced his intent to run for the Senate seat in July.
The week after the election, he filed formal complaints with the Democratic Party against two sheriffs in the region, Anthony W. Roper of Clarke County and Leonard Millholland of Winchester, over their support for his opponent in the Senate race. Broy later withdrew the complaints.
He said he doesn't have any specific plans in terms of moving forward, but that he has already begun the search for new employment.
"Right now it's a very difficult time for me. I just finished a state Senate campaign and a lot of times employers want to shy away from politics and politicians altogether, so that puts me in a hard position," he said. "My good name has been slandered as well and tainted just because I decided to throw my hat in the ring."
Emily Burner, director of media relations for Shenandoah University, confirmed that Broy no longer works at the university.
"We are aware that he has filed a charge," she said. "The university is interested in letting the process run its course."
Broy said that despite his complaint, he harbors no ill will against the university itself.
"I do not want to in any shape or form negate the educational value that Shenandoah University provides for our region," he said. "I would highly recommend it to anyone I came across in the future."