Other USC dentistry school faculty members told Chen that none of their student grades were changed, the suit states.
A day after he reported his concerns, the IT department told Chen that Navazeh ordered the altering of the grades, according to the lawsuit.
Chen complained about the grade changes to multiple USC faculty members, including Casey Chen, the suit states, arguing that the plaintiff informed them that the alterations were "a form of fraud" and "patently illegal."
All but one faculty member seemed unmoved by Chen's complaints and blocked his efforts to pursue the issue further, prompting him to send a written complaint to the USC Office of Academic Affairs, the suit states.
Ten days later, Chen received a letter stating that he was being fired as of June 2017 despite his two decades of work, the suit states.
Navazeh and Casey Chen told the plaintiff that his firing had nothing to do with his complaints about the alleged grade changes, but they refused to provide him an explanation for the alterations and "wished him well in his future endeavors," according to the suit.
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