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Fresno State Student, Former Employee Sue Over Mishandled Sexual Harassment Complaints

A Fresno State student and a former employee have sued the California State University system and two former top administrators, alleging campus officials subjected them to undue harm by mishandling their reports of sexual assault and harassment.

The lawsuits seek damages for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and Whistleblower Protection Act, which protect against harassment and retaliation. No dollar amount was specified.

The student and the employee were featured as part of a USA TODAY investigation last year into then-Fresno State President Joseph Castro’s neglect of the school’s Title IX office and failure to address numerous complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and retaliation against then-vice president of student affairs Frank Lamas. Title IX is the federal law banning sex discrimination in education.

Read the source article at usatoday.com

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