Col. Christopher de Los Santos’s family recently filed a lawsuit against University of California, Davis, after his suicide in October 2015.
After leaving the military, Santos began working for UC Davis, but got into trouble during a weekend retreat with co-workers. One witness stated it was a booze cruise, and Santos misbehaved.
After the incident, the university launched an investigation and the following day placed Santos on leave. He killed himself hours after receiving the email.
The lawsuit alleges that the university administrators violated federal and state discrimination laws by treating him differently because he was a veteran. As his family’s attorney stated: “For them to have a knee-jerk reaction because an administrator in the Air Force might somehow be violent because he’s been in the military, I mean that’s blatant discrimination.”