Saturday, April 15, 2017

Settlement at Berkeley

The former dean of the UC Berkeley law school and his former assistant reached a legal settlement in her long-standing sexual harassment lawsuit against him, it was announced Friday. Sujit Choudhry agreed to pay $50,000 to charity and $50,000 in legal fees to settle the case, according to statements released by the university and by his former assistant, Tyann Sorrell.

Terms of additional settlements between Sorrell and the university, and between Choudhry and the university, were not released.

In a statement released Friday, Sorrell said the $50,000 payment to charity represented a “significant financial contribution to a number of organizations of my choice that deal with the serious issues of sexual harassment and abuse.” Sorrell’s attorney, Leslie Levy, said the terms of the settlement represented a “minor slap on the wrist” for Choudhry and that her client is “continuing to heal and struggle.” She said her client was not permitted to comment further under the terms of the agreement. 

The agreement was signed March 31 but announced late Friday before the holiday weekend. University officials and Choudhry did not return calls seeking comment, and Levy said the timing of the announcement was “intended to minimize student and staff reaction” to the news of the settlement.


In addition:

...The settlement ensures that Choudhry will voluntarily resign May 31, 2018 and will remain a tenured member of the faculty of UC Berkeley Law School in good standing until that time. Choudhry will continue to perform his current administrative duties until the end of the 2016-17 school year and then will be away on unpaid sabbatical for the 2017-18 school year...

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