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Sexual Harassment at Berkeley

Rachel Lederman and Oakland Law Collaborative colleagues Kiran Prasad, Michael Flynn, Arabelle Malinas, Aliya Karmali and Gabriela Lopez are representing these brave UC Berkeley graduate students in their struggle to end sexual harassment on campus.

Katheen Gutierrez and Erin Bennett, Cal grad students who have accused assistant professor Blake Wentworth of harassment, 804are filing complaints with the state department of fair employment and housing  alleging they have been subject to discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile and intimidating work environment.

In October, Geoffrey Marcy, a prominent UC Berkeley astronomer, resigned following reports that he avoided serious discipline after the school determined that he had repeatedly sexually harassed students.

In March, Sujit Choudhry, dean of UC Berkeley’s renowned law school, stepped down in the wake of faculty outrage that he was able to keep his job after the school substantiated sexual harassment allegations from his executive assistant.
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Following other high-profile harassment controversies, the university last week released hundreds of pages of investigation records involving 19 employees found guilty of misconduct by the school’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). The documents revealed that although 11 people resigned or were terminated, no faculty members were fired for sexual harassment.

Wentworth, a tenure-track assistant professor in the department of south and south-east Asian studies, was one faculty member who has avoided termination despite findings of misconduct.

More information here.

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