“UR's legal team divulged their names in court filings last week — marking the third time lawyers for the university allegedly have publicly identified confidential witnesses in the case, according to the plaintiffs lawyers.
The latest breach led one witness to come forward and openly criticize the university.
"For a long time it felt safer to share my experiences anonymously than to speak out openly," said Meredith Brown, a former graduate research fellow at UR now a senior data scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. "But I wasn’t considering how my desire for anonymity could potentially open me, and the other witnesses, up to intimidation and retaliation by those who wish to silence us."
“The women's names were provided in a table marked confidential in red, bold letters, and attached to a letter reiterating the need for confidentiality, according to McAllister Olivarius. The women, the firm noted, "gave often deeply personal accounts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Jaeger," with assurances their names would not be made public.”
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