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Saturday, April 15, 2017

UC-Berkeley, Former Law School Dean Settle All Litigation Over Alleged Sexual Harassment; Sujit Choudhry Agrees To Pay $100,000, Resign From Tenured Faculty In Spring 2018

ChoudryFollowing up on my previous posts (links below): National Law Journal, Berkeley Law, Ex-Dean Settle Suits Over Alleged Sexual Harassment:

UC Berkeley has reached a settlement with ousted law school dean Sujit Choudhry, ending a tumultuous saga that erupted last year after his former executive assistant sued him for sexual harassment. The settlement terminates the university's ongoing disciplinary action against Choudhry, and resolves the civil lawsuit brought by his former assistant, Tyann Sorrell.

The former law dean will pay $50,000 to Sorrell's attorneys and another $50,000 to a charity of Sorrell's choice under the terms of the deal. He will also be allowed to remain a tenured professor while on sabbatical until spring 2018, at which point he will resign. ”It was important that the world understand that he [is] a tenured professor in good standing," Choudhry's lawyer, William Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder, told The Recorder Friday evening.

Sorrell sued Choudhry and the Regents of the University of California in March 2016, alleging that Choudhry had kissed and touched her in unwanted ways and that the school had failed to intervene. The parties requested the entire suit be dismissed with prejudice on Friday.

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That isn't much of a compromise, is it?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 16, 2017 12:20:57 AM

"'. . . he [is] a tenured professor in good standing,' Choudhry's lawyer, William Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder, told The Recorder Friday evening."

How did Mr. Taylor manage to keep a straight face when he said this?

Posted by: Kneave Riggall | Apr 16, 2017 2:17:27 PM