Asian American educators on both coasts have filed separate discrimination lawsuits against their universities and both involve accusations of retaliation.
The Washington Square News is reporting that former Steinhardt professor Koya Abe has filed an employment and discrimination suit against NYU.
Abe’s attorney says his client was dismissed within hours after he filed a complaint of discriminatory wage action.
“I believe that NYU is a great and privileged educational institution,” Abe said. “However, my experience as faculty member revealed that the reality of NYU conflicted with the values that NYU should represent as social institution.”
NYU is calling the lawsuit baseless saying that Abe has filed eight lawsuits against the university and employees since 2010.
On the West Coast, the Daily Cal is reporting former UC Berkeley School of Law dean Sujit Choudhry is suing the UC system for racial discrimination.
Choudhry resigned as Dean of the law school after the school’s Title IX office found Choudhry’s behavior toward his executive assistant violated UC sexual misconduct policies.
He returned to the university this fall as a faculty member. In his lawsuit, Choudhry alleges his harassment case has been treated differently from others who were White.
“By targeting Professor Choudhry, who is of South Asian descent and a non-U.S. citizen, the University hopes to deflect attention from its failure to meaningfully punish Caucasian faculty and administrators who were found to have committed appalling sexual misconduct, and from the fact that it deserted Ms. Sorrell,” the lawsuit alleged.
UC says it will mount a “vigorous and successful defense.”
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