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Prof who claimed ‘unnerving and creepy’ party behavior by law dean settles retaliation suit

Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Case Western Reserve law professor has settled a suit claiming the school retaliated against him after reporting possible sexual harassment by then-law dean Lawrence Mitchell.

Terms of the settlement between the professor, Raymond Ku, and the school were confidential. However, a joint statement says Ku will become director of the law school’s new Center for Cyberspace Law & Policy. The National Law Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Scene, Above the Law and TaxProf Blog have reports.

Ku’s suit alleged he was constructively discharged from his position of associate dean for academic affairs and removed from the co-directorship of the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts in retaliation for his report of possible sexual harassment by Mitchell.

His suit claimed Mitchell flirted and gave an “unnerving and creepy” back rub to a colleague during an August 2011 party. An amended suit also alleged a student and a staff member reported that Mitchell had proposed threesomes.

Mitchell resigned as dean in March. He remains on the faculty but is on sabbatical, according to the Plain Dealer.

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