Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LAUSD Sexual Harassment Suit Thrown Out

In June I wrote about the sexual harassment law suit against former Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent Ramon Cortines. A judge has just dismissed the lawsuit by district real estate manager Scot Graham for being filed too late, according to the 4LAKids Blog. The judge made no ruling on the merits of the case.

The suit stems from events at Cortines’ Kern County ranch in 2010. Cortines, who retired in 2012, admitted his actions were inappropriate and resulted from poor judgment, but were entirely consensual. The district had offered Mr. Graham a settlement, but the deal fell apart when LAUSD announced it publicly before obtaining Graham’s signature. Graham said that the resulting publicity did even more harm and asked for additional compensation.

Graham had reported the incident three times to superiors, who suggested he seek therapy and drop the matter. No investigation was made by LAUSD in response to his complaint.

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