BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — A woman accusing a former UC Berkeley law school dean of sexual harassment says the school has kept quiet about years of abuse, with nearly a dozen new cases revealed Wednesday.
Tyann Sorrell, an assistant to the former law school dean, has filed a lawsuit over one of the cases. Sorrell is on leave now, and while Sujit Chowdry stepped down as dean, he is still on faculty at the university.
Sorrell’s attorney John Winer spoke out in response to a public document released by the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment that revealed 17 sexual harassment cases dating back to 2008. 10 of those cases nobody knew about until Wednesday.
“We have now learned seven employees were either fired or resigned, like renowned Astronomy Professor Geoffry Marcy. Others are still working at the university while their cases are being investigated,” Winer said.
Months after she went on leave Tyann says the former dean sent her an apology, saying “I write to express my deepest remorse, and regret for having hurt you.”
He said “I take full responsibility for the indignity you have suffered,” according to Winer.
Sorrell said the letter was too little too late.
The school has been looking to overhaul the handling of sexual misconduct on the campus following the recent cases.