I work for an institution of higher education in Illinois. My boss' position was eleminated in late January, 2001 for "financial reasons". She was the director, and I am still the Assistant Director. Both she and I believe that she was terminated for blowing the whistle on her former supervisor for harassment, both sexual and non-sexual. I was very vocal about this at the time she was terminated, and spoke with the Director of Human Resources to support her allegations. I also met with the person who made the decision to eliminate the position to discuss what the elimination meant for me. Among other things, she assurred me at that my job was not in jeopardy and that I would continue to be responsible for the day-to-day opreations of the unit. Shortly thereafterafter, and once the Director of HR and the person who made the elimination decision had a chance to compare notes, the Director of HR brought in a male employee from another area within the School, with no history of the department or its activities, as the new guy in charge of day-to-day operations of the unit. I immediately filed an internal grievance and a complaint with the Department of Human Rights for retaliation. The end result of all of this is that I literally have been assigned no work. They have taken away all my responsibilities and have stopped communicating with me. My new supervisor has had contact with me a total of 3 times since late January. I am currently averaging 54 minutes of work per 7.5 hour work day. It is clear they want me out. They won't eliminate my position because I am a civil service employee with retreat rights. If they eliminate me, I will set off a domino effect of bumping that ultimately effects many individuals in many departments, causing a great deal of ill will. Instead of doing that and taking the responsibility, they've resigned themselves to making my life miserable enough to quit. Can this be considered constructive termination even if I have experienced no loss in title or pay?