That’s the question Glenn Reynolds likes to ask periodically over at Instapundit. Today we’ll add some data points to the file, starting with the news that the New York Times has settled a discrimination lawsuit. From The Daily Caller:
The New York Times should change its famous motto to “all the blacks and women fit to fire.” It apparently does not value diversity and is waging a war on women.
Just months after calling the race, gender and age, discrimination and gender claim filed by a former Times advertising vice-president a “malicious” falsehood the paper quietly settled it-—probably for money. What happened to the “vigorous defense” that the mighty liberal broadsheet vowed to mount against Tracy Quitasol’s federal complaint?
In December, about one month after court-ordered mediation, both sides agreed to have the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can’t be refiled. The settlement is apparently confidential. But legal experts say this quick resolution indicates that the Times likely paid to deep-six the embarrassing case, which the New York Post prominently covered after it was first exposed here.
“They likely paid her,” says employment lawyer David Wimms. Asian-American Tracy Quitasol asserted that she was fired by Meredith Levien, now the chief revenue officer, after complaining about a male underling’s sexist and insubordinate behavior.
Meanwhile, out at Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley, there’s this:
The dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law has been sued for sexual harassment by his executive assistant, who claims he inappropriately hugged, kissed and touched her starting in 2014, according to court documents.
The complaint was filed Tuesday against Berkeley Law Dean Sujit Choudhry and the University of California Board of Regents.
Tyann Sorrell, the executive assistant, claims in the lawsuit that soon after Choudhry became dean in 2014, he began rubbing her shoulders and arms, kissing her cheeks and giving her bear hugs that pressed her body against him, according to court documents.
“Choudhry’s kissing and hugging plaintiff was a near daily occurrence,” according to the documents. Sorrell said it made her feel “disgusted, humiliated, exposed and dirty.”
Turns out this is merely the latest dean at the law school to have this problem:
Berkeley Law — one of the nation’s most prestigious law schools — has a history with sexual harassment allegations against its leaders.
In 2002, the school’s then-dean, John Dwyer, resigned after he was accused of sexually harassing a former law student, according to the Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student newspaper.
So why are liberal-run institutions such hotbeds of racism and sexism? Open thread. . .