UCLA history Professor Gabriel Piterberg sued by 2 grad students for sexual harassment

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Two UCLA graduate students are seeking legal action after university officials allegedly ignored their complaints over a professor accused of sexual misconduct.

Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow filed a lawsuit on June 11 against the Regents of the University of California for alleged violations stemming from what they say are “multiple incidents of sexual harassment” by history professor Gabriel Piterberg.

According to the lawsuit, Piterberg propositioned and embarrassed Glasgow with sexual comments and was also harassing co-plaintiff Takla, even allegedly groping her bottom, pinning her against a car, and forcing his tongue in her mouth.

After Takla filed a complaint, Glasgow and another woman did the same – but Glasgow says the woman who handled gender discrimination complaints at UCLA pretended she’d never heard from her and that the office wouldn’t respond to her allegations.

“I feel like everybody I told let me down,” said Glasgow. “I finally left a voicemail saying, ‘What does a sexually harassed person have to do?'”

Piterberg did not immediately return a message seeking comment. ...




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