According to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District,
The assistant director of the CBS complained of sexual harassment by the program director. He was replaced by a second director, whom the assistant accused of inappropriate comments and touching. The university suspended the second director and appointed an interim third director.
The interim director lasted two months before he was accused of touching the assistant and students. The university appointed an independent investigator, who found the first two directors innocent. The third admitted to questionable conduct.
The assistant sued under Title IX. To prevail, she had to show the university was deliberately indifferent to her complaints. The court found her evidence unpersuasive.
Advice: Respond swiftly and decisively to charges of sexual harassment. Your fast action can help convince a court that you take the issue seriously.
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