Alarming Complaint Against UC-San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CN) – The University of California at San Diego fired a multiracial employee for complaining of her boss’s racially and sexually offensive behavior, the woman claims in court.
     Grace Aspiras sued the University of California and her former boss, George Hanson, an academic coordinator, on Sept. 30 in Superior Court.
     Aspiras, who is of Chinese, Filipina and Spanish descent, says she was hired in 2007 as a program representative in UCSD’s Basic Writing Program.
     “The vast majority of the students admitted into the Basic Writing Program are international students, many of whom are of Asian descent,” she says in the lawsuit.
     The 14-page complaint claims that Hanson made a litany of comments offensive to women and minorities.
     Among them, according to the complaint:
     that UCSD is “‘a whore that opened its legs to allow international students to enroll’ and as a ‘prostitute that spreads its legs for international tuition'”;
     “that the Asian students who were dismissed by failing to satisfy the Entry
     Level Writing Requirement would all end up ‘working at their parents’ noodle shop'”;
     “that ‘dismissed Korean students will end up working at Kia or Hyundai; dismissed Chinese students will end up working at Sony; and dismissed Japanese students will end up working at Toyota'”;
     “that ‘Chinese students cheat’ and ‘the Chinese are known for cheating'”.
     Finally, Aspiras says, Hanson wrote a grossly offensive sexual essay, “purportedly about writing style,” which “served no educational or instructional purpose,” and “distributed the essay to every instructor in the Basic Writing Program.”
     The lawsuit claims that Hanson’s essay “contained direct quotations such as ‘a jet of water in my gaping, swollen pussy,’ ‘hanging on to a good size breast,’ ‘… the use to which, for years, I put my anus and, as frequently, if not more so, my vagina,’ ‘had a touch of the clap,’ ‘I chose to fuck only with my ass,’ ‘even fucking can be boring,’ and ‘sex is as natural as breathing.'”
     Aspiras claims that Hanson circulated “numerous other essays” of a similar kind, none of which were necessary for instruction.
     She claims that UCSD failed to take any disciplinary action despite her repeated complaints but retaliated by firing her on false claims that she helped students cheat on exams.
     She seeks punitive damages for sexual harassment, wrongful firing, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, negligent supervision and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
     She is represented by Frank Polek.

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