Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment, racial discrimination against University employee

first_imgTags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuit A student filed a lawsuit against the University on Friday seeking damages for alleged sexual harassment and racial discrimination by an employee of Notre Dame, according to court documents acquired and posted by WSBT.The suit alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe”  — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” but is also an employee of the University.The suit also alleges University administrators knew  about the misconduct and, citing Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.According to court documents, “Jane Roe” allegedly engaged in the following behaviors in the spring of 2015:“commanding, directing, encouraging, and convincing Plaintiff John Doe to engage in sexual relations with Defendant Jane Roe’s own daughter; arranging for sexual liaisons for Plaintiff John Doe; interrogating Plaintiff John about the nature, frequency, and quality of the sexual activities he had with Defendant Jane Roe’s daughter; harassing and demeaning Plaintiff John Doe with racially-charged comments;“pressuring Plaintiff John Doe to remain in the sexual relationship against his will; providing lodging, transportation, hotel rooms, and condoms for sexual excursions across state lines; and engaging in threatening behavior towards Plaintiff John Doe as he attempted to end the sexual relationship with her daughter.”The defendant, who served in “a role designed to provide academic support and counseling to students and student-athletes,” allegedly targeted other African-American males at the University including members of the football and basketball teams, according to court documents.When the student sought to end the relationship with the woman’s daughter, the defendant allegedly “utilized her position at the University to convince the Plaintiff John Doe of his need for mental counseling, arranging for Plaintiff John Doe to be seen by psychiatric support employed by the [University],” according to court documents.The defendant also allegedly sought to pressure the student into converting to Catholicism, according to the suit.The suit goes on to say that the plaintiff was then seen by an employee who was “a friend and confidant” of the defendant, and who “sought to medicate Plaintiff John Doe to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control to forestall any exposure of this exploitative and perverse conduct and hostile environment.”University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said the University is aware of the suit, but denies all allegations of misconduct.“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaintare unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘studentathletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attemptto attract publicity,” Browne said in a statement.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley could be facing more surgery

first_imgAngels pitcher Sean Burnett had surgery to repair a small tear of his left flexor tendon in August 2013. He didn’t return to pitch for the Angels until this May — only to require season-ending Tommy John surgery later.The MRI revealed that Billingsley’s transplanted ulnar collateral ligament (he had Tommy John surgery in April of last year) is healthy. However, recent history suggests that surgery on his flexor tendon virtually ensures that his season is over.That puts Billingsley in a tough spot. His contract expires at the end of the season. The Dodgers hold a club option for 2015, but at this point it seems more likely that the team will exercise its $3 million buyout clause. It’s possible, if not likely, that the Dodgers will have no room for Billingsley in their 2015 rotation. That’s a strong incentive for Billingsley to look elsewhere for work if the Dodgers choose to buy out his contract.Taken by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2003 draft, Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA over parts of eight major-league seasons. Chad Billingsley‘s season is in jeopardy after an MRI scan Thursday revealed a partial tear of the flexor tendon in his right elbow.Though surgery is commonly performed, Billingsley will discuss his options with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in the coming days before deciding on a course of action. The prognosis for recovery from the surgery varies greatly.Among the more recent cases, then-Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets attempted to treat a torn flexor tendon with “rest and exercise and rehab” in 2008, before ultimately electing to have surgery in February 2009. He missed that entire season.Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in July 2012, missed the remainder of that season and all of 2013 before returning this season. He has made 11 starts for the Rangers this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In his most recent rehab start Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, he faced 10 batters and recorded five outs. Friday, Billingsley declined to speak to reporters through a club spokesperson until he’s met with ElAttrache to determine his course of action.Ellis activatedA.J. Ellis was back in the Dodgers’ lineup Friday, 19 days after he sprained his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett‘s no-hitter in Philadelphia.Ellis is batting .170/.350/.213 in a season limited by injuries to 15 games. The 33-year-old catcher missed 39 days in April and May after undergoing a procedure on the mensicus in his left knee.As a group, Dodger catchers rank near the bottom of the league in batting average (29th, .185), on-base percentage (27th, .268), slugging percentage (29th, .275) and weighted on-base average (29th, .247) this year. Tim Federowicz, who has the worst on-base percentage of any major-leaguer with at least 50 plate appearances, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis.Ellis might give the Dodgers’ lineup a dimension it missed in his absence.“Over the course of last year, the last couple years, even when his average may not be jumping out at you, he’s always a guy that gives you a tough at-bat every day,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He makes a pitcher work. I think we’ll look forward to that. It just gets another ‘quality out’ when you make an out.”Ellis’ 4.37 pitches per plate appearances in 2013 were the most by any major-league player with at least 400 plate appearances.More draft picks signedFourth-round draft pick Jeff Brigham and seventh-round draft pick Trevor Oaks signed with the Dodgers. Six of the team’s first 10 draft picks are now under contract.Brigham, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Washington, signed for his assigned slot value of $396,300. Oaks, a right-hander from Division II California Baptist University, signed for just under slot ($166,600).The Dodgers are known to have signed 21 of their 40 draft picks, including their second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh-round selections. First-round draft pick Grant Holmes headlines the list of unsigned players; the Dodgers have some wiggle room to spend more than Holmes’ assigned slot value of $1,980,500.NotableThird baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) continued to take ground balls and batting practice. “He still hasn’t passed the baserunning-type stuff he has to do, the curves and the turns,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. … Justin Turner (tight calf muscle) was given a day off. Chone Figgins started at third base. … The Dodgers signed shortstop Angel Sanchez to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Double-A Chattanooga.last_img read more