McAllister Olivarius in the news

Georgina Calvert-Lee, Ms Bradford’s lawyer, said: “Although Dani’s complaint was upheld, this was despite many failings of process on the university’s part, which saw Dani systematically disadvantaged at every stage.”

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The University of Cambridge upheld Danielle’s formal complaint of harassment by a fellow student. However, the burden of upholding the no-contact order between her and convicted harasser fell on her as well. Danielle was not allowed to explain to her professors why she was unable to attend lectures in buildings she was banned from, she was told that by talking about her case to anyone, she herself might be sued for harassment. For that reason among others, Danielle is now suing the University of Cambridge under the Equalities Act.

Read more about Danielle’s case, in her own words in Varsity, here:

“"Singh's removal as AIGH director confirms that the allegations in the original complaint struck home," McAllister Olivarius, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement. "But instead of simply acknowledging that it could have done better, apologizing and moving on as hundreds of students, alumni, staff and faculty would like, the school is conducting legal trench warfare consistent with Charney's leadership style."

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Last April, eight current and former employees of Mount Sinai Health System’s world-renowned Arnhold Institute for Global Health (AIGH), a pre-eminent institution for research into improving health care for underserved populations around the world, filed a federal complaint alleging sex and age discrimination against Mount Sinai and its employees Dr. Prabhjot Singh, then-Director of AIGH, and Dr. Dennis Charney, Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine, as well as two others. Now the Plaintiffs’ attorneys McAllister Olivarius have filed an Amended Complaint detailing new claims that bolster the previous allegations regarding Singh’s discriminatory behavior at AIGH and how this was reinforced by the overall climate at the Icahn School.

The initial Complaint alleged that Dr. Singh, on becoming Director at age 32, deliberately marginalized and undermined female employees – especially distinguished senior doctors who had played a crucial role in establishing AIGH’s sterling reputation – trying to force them to resign.

Since the lawsuit became public, hundreds of alumni, current students, and even current employees at the medical school have signed open letters to Mount Sinai’s Board of Trustees supporting the Plaintiff’s allegations of mistreatment and asking for action to change the harsh, “top-down” culture.

The letter from over 400 current faculty and staff – including some senior faculty who are only two levels below Charney, Dean for the last 12 years and a powerful figure – said they were “saddened and profoundly disturbed” by the lawsuit’s allegations and calling for a “culture shift.” Similarly, more than 300 current students (some since graduated) signed a letter urging Mount Sinai’s leadership to “prevent further perpetuation of an abusive culture.”

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Dr Olivarius talks to her Oxford alma mater about her life’s journey, and the key experiences that shaped her understanding of the law and how to make it work for everyone.

“During her interview for the scholarship, she was asked, “Ann, you’re sueing Yale for sex discrimination. You may have good grounds for doing so. But how do we know that if you go to Oxford you won’t sue the Rhodes Trust for the same thing?” She replied, “You’re telling me that I shouldn’t use the law as a tool, that if there are illegalities and injustices at Oxford I should just look the other way? What kind of person would I be if I did that?”

In the wake of a new independent report levelling damning critique of Warwick’s handling of the case, our clients are quoted:

"All I've heard [from Warwick University] for months is: 'we're listening, we want to fix this, this isn't going to happen again'.

But as far as I'm concerned things are still going wrong."

Explaining her reasoning, Danielle said: "I didn't want people to look at our case and think 'I'm never going to complain when something like this happens to me'.

"I wanted an ending that says 'OK things might go wrong but there's always a way that you can challenge that'."

 “The report acknowledges that the outcome of Warwick’s process into the group chat was ‘profoundly unsatisfactory’ and that the process itself was flawed and is open to legal challenge. We have brought a legal challenge and currently the university is denying all liability.

While we welcome Dr Persaud’s report and the prospect of the University of Warwick reforming the ways it handles sexual misconduct complaints in the future, we do hope it will now redress the harm caused to our clients by its flawed processes in the past. That is only reasonable and fair.”

Read more about the independent report’s assessment of Warwick’s missteps and failures in the Guardian.

Honza Cervenka, Trainee Solicitor, is asked by LexisNexis to weigh in on the government’s review of the law surrounding non-consensual taking, making and sharing of sexual images.

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