Renowned philosopher and UC Berkeley professor emeritus John Searle has regularly sexually harassed his students and employees, and the university has just as routinely covered it up, according to a lawsuit filed by a former research assistant who claims she was fired after she rebuffed and reported Searle’s unwanted sexual advances.
Joanna Ong, 24, alleges that a 50 percent pay cut was among the hostile actions taken against her at the Berkeley campus after she reported being groped and harassed by the 84-year-old Searle last year.
In a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday, Ong is suing Searle, the UC Board of Regents and unnamed defendants for unspecified damages on allegations of sexual harassment, assault and battery, hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
The university, which has been riddled with similar complaints in recent years, claims it has has overhauled the way it responds to such cases.
Obviously that’s a lie.
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