Wednesday, March 9, 2016

We are about to test an old saying - Part 5

The dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law is being sued by his executive assistant for sexual harassment, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
The complaint names UC Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry and the University of California Board of Regents as defendants in the lawsuit filed by attorneys for Tyann Sorrell, who began her position as executive assistant to the dean at Berkeley Law in 2012...
In July, UC Berkeley’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination found that Choudhry had violated the university’s sexual harassment policies, according to the complaint. During the investigation, Choudhry allegedly admitted to hugging, kissing, messaging or caressing Sorrell at least multiple times per week, as well as hugging and kissing other female employees.
As a result, the complaint stated, Choudhry was disciplined with a 10 percent reduction in salary for one year and required to write a letter of apology to Sorrell. Sorrell alleged in the lawsuit that she was told by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele that he had “seriously considered terminating the Dean” but had decided not to because “it would ruin the Dean’s career.”...

Update: "...On Wednesday evening Mr. Steele said Mr. Choudhry would be taking “an indefinite leave of absence” from the deanship, resuming his faculty position..."
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