Susan Phelps, who spent 13 years cleaning the NIU campus, is unable to work and now worries for her safety. The complaint, according to the article, is the result of allegedly abusive language used by lawyer Sanat .
On Monday, NIU issued the following statement:
“For all of its staff and students, Northern Illinois University works to promote a secure, welcoming, and positive living and working environment. The university takes all complaints and concerns seriously, and where necessary, it conducts investigations and/or implements corrective measures.
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Sanat Ranganathan involving in this case
As soon as the university and NIU Police became aware of the incident involving two employees, they launched an investigation. Interviews with the offender and the building services employee revealed that, despite there being no physical contact or verbal threats of danger, the building services employee had been verbally abused. The State’s Attorney’s Office came to the conclusion that the facts did not support filing criminal charges. The NIU Employee Threat Assessment Team looked into the situation as well, and their findings revealed that the offender does not pose a threat.
Even though there was insufficient evidence to file a criminal complaint, the accused employee’s actions were unacceptable. The supervisor of the offender was informed of the situation, and he or she took the necessary disciplinary action.
The building services employee is loved and supported by the institution, which has given her immediate accommodations like paid time off, therapy, and other resources.”