The very definition of harassment is “aggressive pressure or intimidation.” And that’s exactly how California taxpayers are probably feeling after learning that their tax dollars have paid more than $25 million in three years to settle sexual harassment claims against the state and public universities. And you thought it was only Hollywood!
The Sacramento Bee identified 92 sexual harassment settlements involving 24 state agencies and 10 university campuses during the three years ending June 30, 2017.
The payouts ranged from $500 for a prison inmate to $10 million paid in 2016 by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to four wards at a state youth correctional facility. Of the settlements, 36 were for at least $100,000 and seven exceeded $500,000.
The Bee found that the highest settlement paid to a single individual went to a former executive assistant at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Tyann Sorrell, who settled her sexual harassment claim last March against the former law school dean, Sujit Choudhry, for $1.7 million. The state entities responsible for the highest total payouts in recent years were the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with more than $15 million in settlement costs, and the UC system with an estimated $3.4 million.
UC spokeswoman Claire Doan said in an email statement that “UC’s response to a case will vary according to the particular issues and circumstances involved. “(W)e always strive to be thorough, efficient and financially prudent in our legal approach,” she stated.
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