In March, Sujit Choudhry, then dean of UC Berkeley School of Law, announced that he would take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his position after Tyann Sorrell, his executive assistant, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the university. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Choudhry, who remains a tenured faculty member in the law school, has filed a grievance letter accusing the university of violating his due process rights and destroying his professional reputation.
Choudhry resigned his deanship after Sorrell’s lawsuit, which alleges that Choudhry began sexually harassing her in 2014, revealed that the former dean had been investigated by the UC Berkeley’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination in July 2015. In the suit, Sorrell alleges that it took months of formal complaints before the university acted, but when it did, its investigation found Choudhry in violation of its sexual harassment policies. During the course the investigation, Choudhry admitted to “hugging, kissing, massaging or caressing Sorrell at least multiple times per week.” He also admitted to engaging in similar behavior with other female employees.