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Ruling revives lawsuit over release of harassment report


Added 01-26-20 12:22:02am EST - “An Arizona court ruling revives an academic's lawsuit accusing the University of Arizona of breaching the confidentiality of a 2005 investigative report into harassment allegations against him.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Ruling revives lawsuit over release of harassment report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona court ruling revives an academic’s lawsuit accusing the University of Arizona of breaching the confidentiality of a 2005 investigative report into harassment allegations against him.

The state Court of Appeals ruling Thursday said a trial judge erred in dismissing key parts of Timothy Slater’s lawsuit stemming from the 2010 release of the report to an astronomer under a public records request that the university later said was granted by mistake.

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In 2015, a congresswoman read portions of the report into the congressional record to raise awareness about sexual harassment in university science departments.

Slater filed his lawsuit in 2016. The trial judge in 2017 granted the university’s motion to dismiss key parts of the suit, ruling that Slater hadn’t shown the university had a confidentiality duty to Slater or had beached one.

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