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2 students awarded $195K in settled sexual harassment lawsuit

An interesting sexual harassment lawsuit has been settled, and the original complaint exemplifies how sexual harassment in this increasing-connected world can occur in many different ways.

The sexual harassment lawsuit in question was filed by two college students last summer. The two women sued Delta College in Michigan because they alleged that their professor sent inappropriate tweets to them that created an "intimidating, offensive and sex-based educational environment." They were following their professor on Twitter because the professor said he would use the platform for educational purposes.

Interestingly enough, the professor resigned before the lawsuit was filed. He still maintains that he did nothing wrong in the case, but he resigned in November 2015 while the lawsuit was filed in July 2016.

The lawsuit was recently settled, as the University approved a $195,000 award to the two women. In the settlement, the college -- and the professor -- admits no liability or fault in the case.

This is usually how these cases go. Settlements are very common in the world of employment law, regardless of the type of case. Workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour cases: they can all be resolved with a settlement, and they usually do. In these settlements, an admission of guilt by the employer is unheard of. We say this not to discourage plaintiffs in their effort to earn justice, but to remind people out there that this is simply a very real and likely outcome.

Source: Diverse, "Delta College Settles in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit," AP, June 18, 2017

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