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

HHS to share $225 million for pandemic readiness

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was expanded Jul 13 to include additional information on how the HHS funds can be used and when they will be awarded.Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced plans to distribute $225 million to states for pandemic influenza preparedness, the second round of grants for that purpose this year.The money will be apportioned to all 50 states, four urban areas—New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles County—and US territories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The money comes from $350 million in emergency money passed by Congress in December, HHS officials said. In January the agency announced it would pass out $100 million in the first round of grants from that appropriation.Congress approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic preparedness in December, in response to President Bush’s request last fall for $7.1 billion. Lawmakers authorized another $2.3 billion in June.The $100 million in grants announced in January was intended to help states prepare and test pandemic response plans and identify gaps in preparedness, HHS said. The $225 million is to be used to begin addressing the gaps, the agency said.For some examples of how the money will be used, states will plan and test how they will make decisions about school closings, manage bans on public gatherings, and run mass clinics to give vaccinations or dispense antiviral drugs, according to Von Roebuck, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is administering the grants.States and other jurisdictions are currently receiving guidance from the CDC, and they are required to submit a plan for how they will use the money in line with the guidance, Roebuck told CIDRAP News.”August 31 is when their information is due back to us, and that’s also the award date for the funding,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a plan for how they’re going to use the money, but the availability is almost immediate in August.”In announcing the grants, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt referred to the pandemic flu “summit meetings” he attended around the country earlier this year. “These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local, tribal, territorial and state public health officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” he said.The new grants range from $832,392 for Wyoming to $17.6 million for California. Amounts for the urban areas range from $859,299 for Washington, DC, to $6.98 million for Los Angeles County.See also: Jul 11 HHS news releaseHHS table of grant amountshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/allocation.htmlJan 12, 2006, CIDRAP News story “States to share $100 million for pandemic planning”last_img read more