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Sexual harassment suit filed against dean of prominent law school

Numerous stories have appeared in the news lately here in Texas and elsewhere regarding prolific sexual harassment on college campuses. Many of the stories focus on students who are experiencing this issue, but college campuses are also a place of work for many people. This fact was pointed out recently by a woman who has filed a sexual harassment suit against the dean of a prominent law school on the west coast.

The 41-year-old woman complained to the school's administration that the dean made inappropriate and unwanted physical contact with her on a daily basis. He would kiss her face, give her hugs and rub her arms and shoulders. When questioned about his behavior, he admitted to doing those things but claimed that they were not meant to be sexual. However, he also admitted that he did not have the same contact with men who worked for him or with him.

Even though the dean of the UC Berkley law school admitted to the wrongdoing, he was merely suspended with pay. This angered the woman, who then filed her lawsuit against him for unwanted advances and against the school for not doing enough to stop him. After all, he was not the school's first dean to be caught engaging in this behavior.

People who work at Texas colleges and universities often work with professors, deans and administrators. However, that does not mean that they should have to tolerate sexual harassment from any of them. If the college or university fails to handle the situation satisfactorily, filing a lawsuit might be the next course of action.

Source: CBS News, "Dean of Berkeley law school steps down amid sexual harassment suit", March 10, 2016

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