Associated Press Montana Human Rights Bureau finds reasonable cause
BUTTE (AP) - There is reasonable cause to believe Montana Tech discriminated against professor John Ray in demoting him last year, the Montana Human Rights Bureau has found.
Tech and Ray now have 30 days to reach a settlement or the process moves to a formal hearing.
Tech officials said the finding was incorrect.
Ray was dismissed as head of the Liberal Studies Department last summer. He retained the teaching position he's held for 24 years. Ray contends the decision not to renew his chairmanship was prompted by his outspoken support of Initiative 137, which banned cyanide heap leach processing at gold mines.
Ray, chairman of the Montana Environmental Informational Center, also publicly criticized Tech's relationship with the mining industry. He contends Tech was pressured by the industry to fire him.
Tech officials vehemently denied the move was discriminatory and said no such discrimination or attempted censorship would be tolerated.