Left-Wing U. Cal Law School Dean Sued For Sexual Harassment

Evan Gahr | Investigative Journalist

The liberal war on women continues.

Over the last six months, The New York Times has been accused of discrimination against female executives.

And on Wednesday, the dean of one of the most liberal law schools in the country was sued for sexual harassment after he admitted to groping a subordinate but escaped serious internal discipline. University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry and the system’s Board of Regents were slapped with an Alameda County Superior Court complaint by his executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell.

She alleges that “when Choudhry took over as dean of the law school in July 2014, he gave Sorrell unwanted bear hugs and kisses, among other sexual contact from July 2014 to March 2015.”

That July, the UC Berkeley’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination determined the dean violated sexual harassment policies. “During the investigation, Choudhry allegedly admitted to hugging, kissing, messaging or caressing Sorrell at least multiple times per week, as well as hugging and kissing other female employees,” her lawsuit says.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele told Sorrell he opted not to fire Choudhry because that would “ruin” his career. Instead, the legal scholar was docked a humongous 10 percent of his salary for one year and required to write a letter of apology to Sorrell.

Institutional sexism is apparently a serious problem at the law school. In 2002, one of Choudhry’s predecessors resigned after charges he harassed a former student.

Of course, if Choudhry gets axed due to all the bad publicity he could probably still find work as general counsel for the New York Times or Washington Post.

Both papers continue to employ two men accused in court papers of verbally abusing female subordinates. Neither denied the allegations when questioned by this reporter.

It is doubtful their pay was even docked 10 percent.

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