Binghamton University Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Update

The five defendants being sued by Binghamton University employee Elizabeth Williams for sexual harassment requested that the case be moved from the Southern District Court of New York to the Northern District Court.

Last July, Williams filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Binghamton University, its Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason Siegel, its Assistant Athletic Director for Development Chris Lewis, and two alumni, Larry Hollander and Michael Marcus who were involved in fundraising activities on BU’s behalf.

In her lawsuit, Williams claimed that she “discovered that her new bosses viewed women as playthings and expected women in the department to raise money by exploiting their sexuality” shortly after beginning her fundraising position with the university athletic department in late 2008.

“The lawsuit alleges that at a fundraising dinner in New York City in January, alum Larry Hollander put $100 bills on the table and told Williams to stop him when there was enough in the pile for her to sleep with him. At another fundraising event, alum Michael Marcus allegedly asked Williams to perform as a topless waitress at a party he was organizing, suggesting it as a way for her to make some extra money.”

After Williams complained to senior BU managers, the university allegedly did not take any actions to punish the toxic behavior.  Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the defendants “tried to sweep the matter under the rug and have engaged in an ongoing pattern of retaliation against” Williams. 

Source: Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and Associated Press

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