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Former UC Berkeley law dean drops suit over school's handling of sex harassment allegations

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The former law dean of the University of California at Berkeley has dropped a lawsuit seeking to stop a school disciplinary proceeding initiated due to allegations he sexually harassed his one-time assistant.

The former dean, Sujit Choudhry, dropped the suit on Tuesday after a federal judge’s refusal to interfere with the disciplinary proceedings, the Recorder (sub. req.) reports.

The suit had claimed the law school treated Choudhry more harshly than white faculty members accused of harassment. Choudhry is of Indian origin. He also said the disciplinary proceeding was duplicative because the school had previously investigated the complaint and cut his pay by 10 percent.

Choudhry’s lawyer has said his client acknowledges hugging and kissing the administrative assistant, but that the touching was similar to comforting a child with a kiss on the head.

Hat tip to Bloomberg Big Law Business.

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