NRI Dean of US law school accused of sexual harassment

INTERESschoudSujit Choudhry, 45, dean of Berkeley Law School has been accused by his executive assistant of sexually harassing her from September 2014 to March 2015.

The victim filed a lawsuit against him in Alameda County Superior Court in California, and the University of California Board of Regents. She is suing for sexual harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation, infliction of emotional distress, and assault. The lawsuit alleges that Choudhry hugged and kissed his assistant almost every day over the period of several months.

Delhi born Choudhry, holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard. He is an expert in comparative constitutional law and was named the 12th dean of the Berkeley school of Law in 2014.

He denied the allegations and disagreed with the victim’s claims and said he will defend himself against them as he continues to cooperate with the university during the probe.

Choudhry who has taken an indefinite leave of absence has been given a 10 percent, one year reduction in salary and ordered to apologise to the victim.

Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele said a thorough investigation of the case found that Dean Choudhry’s behaviour violated policy and he demonstrated a failure to understand the power dynamic and effect of his actions on the plaintiff personally, and in her employment.

The victim has been granted fully paid administrative leave, and the School’s support in her search to find a position on campus that meets her needs.