NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Christine Zeppos, a former dean at Brandman University, has filed a lawsuit against the university and its top two administrators after her firing in August 2018.
Zeppos was fired after she made claims of harassment. Zeppos' lawsuit against Brandman University, Chancellor Gary Brahm, and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Chief Academics Officer Provost Charles Bullock, includes claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent wrongful termination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Zeppos was hired by Brandman University as a professor and dean in 2010. Zeppos believes that the university's decision to terminate her was due to her "vocal insistence that women at the university be afforded a harassment-free environment, as well as the same HR processes and practices afforded to our male colleagues -- particularly in higher levels."
According to Zeppos' lawsuit, Brahm and Bullock created a toxic and misogynistic workplace environment where a culture of gender-based discrimination and harassment was tolerated. Furthermore, those who spoke out against the discrimination and harassment they witnessed were retaliated against.
Carney Shegerian, the founder of Los Angeles-based employee rights law firm Shegerian & Associates, has weighed in on the lawsuit.
"The allegations of a hostile workplace where sexual harassment was commonplace and those who speak up were retaliated against is deeply disturbing," Shegerian says. "The alleged retaliation against Zeppos for speaking up is indicative of why so many victims of sexual harassment remain silent."
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Shegerian & Associates has won clients over $200 million in employment-based disputes and maintains a 98% success rate. We have offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and New York.
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