Wednesday 20 September 2017

Student sues professor for calling her 'lewd' Monica Lewinsky

Damian Whitworth in Washington

AFTER the impeachment scandal broke, calling someone Monica Lewinksy became a popular, if smutty, joke. Now it is deemed to be considered sexual harassm

AFTER the impeachment scandal broke, calling someone Monica Lewinksy became a popular, if smutty, joke. Now it is deemed to be considered sexual harassment.

A US federal judge has found that a university student was "overcome with shame and humiliation" after a professor repeatedly referred to her by the name of the notorious former White House intern.

Inbal Hayut, who was a student at the State University of New York at the height of the scandal, is suing the college and her politics professor, Alex Young, who she claims created a "sexually hostile environment" by constantly giving her the Monica moniker."Young observed that (Hayut) wore the same colour lipstick as Monica Lewinsky, and made comments such as, 'How was your weekend with Bill', and 'Shut up, Monica. I'll give you a cigar later'. All these comments were made in front of the entire class," Judge David Hurd wrote in a decision allowing the suit to proceed. The alleged harassment included "making comments which associated [her] with some of Lewinsky's more notorious conduct."

Ms Hayut said that the academic, ignored her pleas to stop the name-calling and the school refused to act. The result was that she was "overcome with shame." The standard of her work dropped and she left the university.

Ms Lewinsky's spokeswoman, Juli Nadler, said that her client was upset by the case. Kenneth Kelly, a lawyer for Mr Young, who is in his 70s and retired, called the charges "political correctness taken to the extreme.

(The Times London)

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