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UCSF agrees to $150,000 settlement for sexual harassment claim

The University of California has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former colleague against renowned UCSF anti-tobacco activist and researcher Stanton Glantz, who is also facing a second similar lawsuit from the from a former employee.

the complaint lodged in December by Eunice Neeley, a former post-doctoral researcher for Glantz, claimed that in 2016 and 2017 he “repeatedly looked at her body and chest, ogled her (and) forced her to hug him repeatedly occasions,” and referenced orgy scenes from movies and Playboy magazine in professional conversations.

In the suit, Neeley says that after formally complaining about him to UCSF in March 2017, Glantz “retaliated against (her) by removing author credit for an article she researched and wrote.”

Under the new colonySigned last month, Glantz agreed to relinquish his rights to the journal — which reviews tobacco industry claims about low-tar cigarettes and offers recommendations to the FDA — and transfer ownership to Neeley .

Through his attorney, Neeley declined to comment.

As part of the settlement, UC and Glantz denied all of Neeley’s allegations.

UCSF and Glantz declined to comment. But Glantz, in a rebuttal of trial allegations posted on his blog, cited “numerous written documents” which he said refute Neeley’s claims. One is a June 2017 letter in which UCSF officials tell the medical journal that reviewed the disputed research paper that Neeley’s name was not in it because she wouldn’t let Glantz include her. , “despite repeated requests”.

Glantz, a medical school professor who has been on the UCSF faculty since 1977, is one of the university’s best-known personalities. He has written five books and nearly 400 scientific articles, according to his college biographyand helped attract millions of dollars in grants, including a $20 million federal grant last month to study the health effects of electronic cigarettes, of which he is considered a national expert.

But the new settlement does not end Glantz’s legal troubles or calm all of the allegations against him.

The sexual harassment complaint Neeley filed last year with UCSF sparked two internal investigations. Although both are secret under UC policy, The Chronicle confirmed that in December the former concluded that Glantz had “more likely than not” engaged in some or all of the behaviors alleged by Neley.

A second internal investigation by a committee of “at least three” faculty members then investigated the allegations further, The Chronicle confirmed. Based on those findings, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood determined last month that Glantz violated the faculty’s code of conduct. Glantz now has the option of requesting an internal hearing before the Faculty Senate’s “Privilege and Permanence” committee, which has the power to recommend disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, despite Glantz violating UC’s sexual harassment policy and its faculty code of conduct, a spokeswoman for UC’s regents confirmed that UC was paying Glantz’s legal bills.

UC is also taking up the legal tab of Glantz’s defense in a second sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former employee Juliette Jackson, filed in Alameda County Superior Court in March.

Jackson, a paralegal hired by Glantz in 2014, claims in her lawsuit that Glantz “repeatedly ogled” her breasts, yelled at her, and spoke insensitively about her as a Native American, creating a work environment hostile.

Jackson also alleges in the lawsuit that UCSF mishandled the sexual harassment complaint about Glantz that she filed with the campus in March 2017. She said the campus failed to protect her from Glantz and repeatedly delayed his investigation.

At that time, UCSF was having its own problems and fired the head of its sexual harassment prevention office in April 2017 for “gross misconduct” which included instances of mismanagement, The Chronicle reported last year. However, that person was on leave when Jackson filed his complaint.

In court documents, Glantz denied ogling Jackson. He admitted he sometimes referred to Native Americans as Indians, but denied “shouting, scolding and talking in a demeaning tone” at Jackson, as alleged.

Nanette Asimov is an editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @NanetteAsimov