There are many thousands of workers in West Virginia who are dedicated to their jobs, who only want to perform their job responsibilities to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, victims of sexual harassment and discrimination often find themselves struggling to do this. In many cases when the behavior is reported, it is ignored and allowed to continue. One out-of-state woman has recently filed a lawsuit as a result of the alleged behavior of the dean of a prestigious law school. He has since resigned from his employment position.
The woman worked as the assistant to the dean. She claims that the illegal behavior began in Sept. 2014. She says that it began with him unwanted hugs that eventually turned into kisses on the cheek. She further states that he would also take her hands and place them on his waist. As a result, she required therapy for depression and anxiety.
When no action was made on her original complaint made in Feb. 2015, she followed up with an additional complaint in March 2015, but it still took several weeks before she received a response from the school's Office for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. Until she filed the lawsuit, she was reportedly required to use her personal leave and sick days in order to receive pay during the investigation. In contrast, the accused dean will still receive the same pay as a professor. The school is unsure if it will attempt to fire the man but says that the process to terminate a tenured professor is complex.
Unfortunately, there are likely many workers in West Virginia who are also suffering as a result of sexual harassment and discrimination. While many notify the appropriate personnel regarding the treatment, some victims actually find themselves fired for making such a report. However, there are legal options available to these employees -- including filing a lawsuit as this woman has done. Such action can help ensure that other employees do not suffer as a result of similar treatment.
Source: sfgate.com, "UC Berkeley law dean Choudhry resigns amid harassment scandal", Nanette Asimov, March 10, 2016