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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Former Law School Dean Accused Of Sexual Harassment Sues UC-Berkeley For Racial Discrimination

ChoudryFollowing up on my previous posts (links below):  National Law Journal, Ex-Law Dean Sues Berkeley for Racial Bias in Handling of Harassment Claims:

The ex-dean of UC-Berkeley’s law school has accused the university of racial bias in its aggressive response to sexual harassment allegations once they were aired publicly.

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Oakland, lawyers for Sujit Choudhry argue that Berkeley has a long history of letting sexual harassment slide when white professors were involved. By contrast, the university has made Choudhry a “pariah” on campus, the suit alleges.

“By targeting Professor Choudhry, who is of South Asian descent and a non-U.S. citizen, the university hopes to deflect attention from its failure to meaningfully punish Caucasian faculty and administrators who were found to have committed appalling sexual misconduct,” the complaint says.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/09/law-school-dean-accused-of-sexual-harassment-sues-uc-berkeley-for-racial-discrimination.html

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Comments

I think Choudry probably has a good case, but I wonder if all of this is in his best interest. From my experience, in a case like this, people want to see some kind of contrition. Even if you win the case, it becomes hard to relate to people afterward, which is rarely in one's best interest.

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 17, 2016 5:06:38 AM

Pariahs can strip a cow to the bone in less than a minute!

Posted by: Anarchy Al | Sep 18, 2016 4:46:23 AM

Professor Sujit Choudhry (he was born in New Delhi, India - I lived there for two years 1997-99) race is Caucasian as is the race of 99% of the peoples of South Asia, regardless of their colors.
He is not Mongoloid, for less than 1% of South Asians are and almost all of them live in the far north-east of India.
He is not black (AKA Negroid), there are a few thousand living in India, and he is not one of them.

He is a white guy from India.

Posted by: RPR | Sep 18, 2016 6:38:45 AM