State audit criticizes University of California’s handling of sexual misconduct claims

The University of California (UC) needs to improve its handling of sexual harassment complaints, according to a recent state audit. The report revealed persistent issues such as delayed investigations and inconsistencies in disciplining staff and faculty.

Auditors reviewed how administrators dealt with sexual misconduct cases at campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles and Davis. The report said they are not doing enough“to stop, prevent and remedy sexual harassment.” In addition, delays “force complainants and respondents to endure a lengthy and stressful process.”

The audit found the campuses often exceeded the 60-day investigation time frame without approval, did not adequately inform involved parties and failed to effectively review complaint data to identify trends. They also often used an informal process without consent from both parties. State auditor Elaine Howle urged university officials to establish appropriate timelines in order to take quick, effective disciplinary action.

Auditors examined a decade of cases up until 2016. The cases involved student victims from across the three university campuses. The report found that the average time frame for disciplining staff members after an investigation was 43 days in comparison to 220 days for faculty. One case involved an individual who was not disciplined until 600 days after the investigation’s completion.

In a letter responding to the report, UC President,Janet Napolitano said the system is committed to implementing the auditors’ recommendations and improving its sexual misconduct process and policies. Howle acknowledged the university’s efforts to change their response to sexual harassment complaints in recent years.

Read more

wage theft lawyer

Oakland Restaurant Settles Wage Theft Lawsuit With Former Workers

Certain types of workplaces are more prone to wage theft, and the restaurant industry is one of them. Not being paid minimum wage, being forced to work without any breaks and not…

READ ARTICLE
workplace sexual harassment lawyer

Six Women Sue Tesla For Sexual Harassment at Fremont Factory

Six current and former female employees filed separate lawsuits accusing Tesla of enabling a workplace culture of “rampant” sexual harassment at its factory in Fremont, California. The company allegedly created a work…

READ ARTICLE
wage theft lawyer

Bay Area Burger King Franchisee cited $1.9 Million For Wage Theft

Fast food restaurants are notorious for their aggressive cost-cutting measures to boost profits, which often result in workers not being paid the full wages they are owed. It is important to hold…

READ ARTICLE
wrongful termination lawyer

Former Walmart Pharmacist Gets 27 Million Dollars in Retaliation Lawsuit

A former Walmart pharmacist was awarded $27.5 million in damages after the District Court of Central California found the company wrongfully terminated her in retaliation for complaining about noncompliance issues. She and…

READ ARTICLE
SEEN ON
cnnmoney
marin-ij
dailypost
news10