The former Associated Students employee who served as executive director of ASI before being fired earlier this semester is asking for her job back.
Annie Tremp, who is not a student, filed a lawsuit against California State University, Fresno, Association, Inc., and Associated Students Inc. (ASI) for wrongful termination and harassment.
Tremp stated in her lawsuit that she was dismissed from her job after reporting underage drinking at the ASI retreat in July, among other charges.
Trempâ€™s lawyer, Michael J.F. Smith, told The Collegian in a phone interview Tuesday that Tremp has not asked for any amount of money at this point, only to be rehired.
â€œAt this point, lawsuits have been served and Annie is just asking to get her job back,â€ Smith said.
Currently, according to Smith, litigation is under review because Association rules state that all issues should be handled in arbitration â€” private judicial process held outside of court â€” rather than in public court.
However, Smith said that since Tremp was an ASI employee â€” not a university employee â€” she is not held to the Associationâ€™s rules.
It is fuzzy who employed Tremp because she worked for ASI but was paid by the Association.
Smith said that there has been a tentative ruling in Trempâ€™s favor to address the lawsuit in civil court, but the process is currently on hold because ASI asked for a continuation to possibly seek alternative representation.
Lauren Johnson, vice president of finance for ASI, said that ASI is looking into everything to make sure ASI is represented in the best way.
â€œOur interests are different than the Associationâ€™s,â€ Johnson said.
ASI President Graham Wahlberg said ASI had to work out some kinks between ASI and the university, so they asked for the continuance.
He said that discussion of this lawsuit has taken up a large portion of Senate meetings but is in no way debilitating them.
â€œIt has become at least a 20-hour-a-week job to deal with litigation,â€ Wahlberg said. â€œWe are just kinda hanginâ€™ in there.â€
Debbie Adishian-Astone, associate vice president for Auxiliary Operations and Enterprise Development and person in charge of the Association, did not respond to The Collegianâ€™s repeated requests for comment through multiple e-mails and phone messages.
According to Smith, the university has not made an offer to settle this lawsuit or give Tremp her job back.
Other university officials in Student Affairs have dealt with the students who were involved in the underage drinking, according to Carolyn Coon, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
Coon said that the names of those students are protected under student right laws, but as soon as the incident came to light, the university dealt with it.
Students who are suspected to have violated any campus policy see Joyce Ester, associate vice president of judicial affairs. Ester decides what action, if any, should be taken, according to Coon.
â€œDepending on the severity of it, students could be placed on probation or have a letter put in their file,â€ Coon said.