Case Western Reserve law school dean accused of retaliation after potential harassment reported

Former associate dean files lawsuit

CLEVELAND - A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the Dean of Case Western Reserve University Law School of retaliation after potential sexual harassment was reported.

The lawsuit also claims Case Western Reserve University was aware of the the complaints that were first reported in 2011.

Read a copy of the lawsuit here.

Law Professor Raymond Ku alleges that after witnessing and reporting potential sexual harassment he was stripped of his job as associate dean.

Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell is at the center of the lawsuit that claims Mitchell harassed a female staff member and made inappropriate comments to several other law professors.

Subodh Chandra is representing Ku in his lawsuit and says his client paid a big price for reporting the potential sexual harassment.

"He lost his position as associate dean, he was even stripped as the Director of the Center of Law, Technology and the Arts which he had been recruited at Case to lead," said Chandra.

The university denies the allegations in a written statement.

"This situation is categorically not an instance of retaliation. Professor Ku continues to hold a full-time, tenured faculty position at the School of Law."

Meanwhile, the university also released a second statement from a current female faculty member supporting Dean Mitchell.

B. Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research and The  Laura B.Chisolm, Distinguished Research Scholar said "Dean Mitchell has worked to increase" and both said they have "neither experienced or observed inappropriate behavior" by Mitchell.

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