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ARTICLE ID 195942

$________ – Sexual Harassment – Failure to provide proper procedural process for sexual harassment complaints – Plaintiff was sexually harassed by the defendant, son of the university president – Retaliation.

Sacramento County, CA

In this sexual harassment matter, the plaintiff male university employee alleged that another employee – the son of the university president – sexually harassed him. When the plaintiff complained, his complaint was not properly addressed and he was retaliated against by the defendant university. The defendants denied any wrongdoing and disputed the plaintiff’s allegations.

The male plaintiff worked with the male defendant in the Office of University Advancement, which raises funds for the university. The plaintiff alleged that the male defendant touched him inappropriately and made suggestive actions and comments to the plaintiff. The plaintiff complained to his supervisor and was retaliated against. He alleged that his complaint was not properly investigated, and was dismissed as unsubstantiated by the university. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant male and the university alleging sexual harassment and retaliation, and contended that his civil rights were violated by the university’s failure to have proper procedures in place and follow those procedures with regard to the investigation of his sexual harassment claim.

The defendants denied the allegations and disputed any wrongdoing. The defendants maintained that the plaintiff failed to follow proper procedure for filing a complaint.The parties agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s complaint for the sum of $________. As part of the settlement, the plaintiff agreed to resign from his position and refrain from future employment in the California University system. The defendant male resigned and is employed elsewhere. Further details of the case are part of a confidentiality agreement.

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