I am back on the job market after getting three years as a full-time English Instructor. At my most recent school, I was on the tenure-track, probationary status. I was informed at the end of my second year that my contract would not be renewed and when I inquired into the reason, I was just informed that I was not a good fit.
Here comes the tricky part: my dean, the one who decided to let me go, disclosed to me that the school had actually fired him and that the school told him he would be done after he completed the next term, so they kept him on a term after notifying him that he would be done. During my appointment at the school, this dean harassed me sexually, verbally, broke my contract multiple times, scheduling me overtime without my permission, having me work on projects unpaid for which I was contractually due compensation.
Because I was probationary status, I was reluctant to bring these issues to human resources and when I brought them up to my union rep, on the local and state level, I was told that I had no recourse.
After I was let go, I had a lawyer investigate for a possible unlawful termination case and I'm pretty sure my former dean knows of the allegations made. I decided to drop them so I could focus on finding a new position, but now I'm not sure how to explain why I was let go to new hiring committees.
I don't want to look like someone who stirs up trouble, or plays the victim card, but I don't actually know why I was let go: I had strong evaluations.
How can I explain my past employment situation if it comes up? Is it likely that my dean may say bad things about me retaliatorily if he knows about the (true) allegations I made against him?
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