Frats’ Civil Rights Claims Can Proceed

A federal court ruled that two fraternities and two students can pursue their discrimination claims against Harvard University relating to its policy that prohibits students who become members of “unrecognized single-gender social organizations” from holding leadership positions in recognized student organizations or athletic teams.

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Harvard Dodges Discrimination Suit

A federal court in Massachusetts dismissed race discrimination claims against the Harvard Law Review Association and Harvard Law school. Two nonprofit groups alleged that the law review used “race and sex preferences” when selecting student members of the association, choosing articles and hiring law school faculty.

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Desk Discovery Not Harassment

An Illinois appeals court ruled against a former employee of a community college who claimed she was fired for reporting sexual harassment after she found pornographic pictures in a colleague’s desk drawer. The former employee did not have permission to access the desk and the colleague never committed any overt acts of sexual harassment toward her.

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Former Arizona Football Coach Faces New Sexual Assault Suit

Former University of Arizona football coach Richard Rodriguez maintained an autocratic cabal among top assistants, guided by a manual called his self-authored “hideaway book,” expecting them to maintain secrecy about an extramarital affair, cater to his personal needs and protect his reputation, one assistant claimed in a federal lawsuit Thursday.

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