Canadian law dean at Berkeley sued by assistant for sexual harassment

A Canadian legal superstar who is now the dean of the University of California at School of Law has been sued for 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 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 the plaintiff was a near daily occurrence,” according to the documents. Sorrell said it made her feel “disgusted, humiliated, exposed and dirty.”

Attorneys for Sorrell, 41, are suing for sexual harassment, retaliation and failure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation, among other actions.

‘Choudhry’s kissing and hugging the plaintiff was a near daily occurrence’

The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, claims that between September 2014 and March 2015 Choudhry sexually harassed Sorrell – and that when she told supervisors, they first failed to stop it and then tried to retaliate against her for complaining.

Berkeley Law officials declined comment, saying it was “a personnel issue.”

Choudhry was born in New Delhi in 1970 and later moved to with his family.

His father was a teacher of economics at the University of Toronto and his mother, a nursing teacher.


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