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UCLA

After extensive settlement negotiations, UCLA has removed Professor Gabriel Piterberg from employment at the university, denied him emeritus status, and removed him from all future employment with the University of California. 

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Inside Higher Ed questions the return of a professor to a Los Angeles university when he cannot be trusted alone with students.

A  UCLA investigation into sexual harassment claims made in a lawsuit we filed on behalf of graduate students Nerfertiti Takla and Kristen Glasgow resulted in a financial penalty and open-door office rule for history professor Gabriel Piterberg.

The students’ lawyer, McAllister Olivarius Associate Michael Porcello, said: ‘The most egregious piece of this to us is that Piterberg has gotten off with more or less a slap on the wrist.’

He added: ‘We do not consider these terms, when you look at them closely, to be those that would protect other clients who could be harassed in the future by this predator.’

Both the Los Angeles Times and Chronicle of Higher Education report that UCLA students, alumni and faculty have mounted protests over the university's handling of complaints regarding Gabriel Piterberg—a history professor who, according to a lawsuit we filed on behalf of graduate students Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Glasgow, sexually harassed them over several years. They have brought Title IX claims against UCLA for failing to handle their case properly.

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McAllister Olivarius is representing graduate students Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Glasgow in a Title IX lawsuit against UCLA for its handling of their sexual harassment complaints against Gabriel Piterberg—an eminent history professor and graduate student adviser. The Daily Bruin, the daily newspaper at UCLA, recently wrote an editorial on the case, holding that "it's evident UCLA has failed to create a campus where students are safe from faculty members’ advances."

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