Posted On: August 28, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Binghamton University Pays $280,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Binghamton University ("BU") and the state of New York will pay $280,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former fundraiser Elizabeth Williams. According to details in the lawsuit Williams accused two athletics department officials of using her as a sexual "plaything," to woo potential donors.

As is typical in a settlement like this, Williams resigned from her position as major gifts officer of the athletics department. You can bet the people responsible for this mishap will be called on the carpet. At a time when there are budget cuts and the economy is down, these athletic officials are costing the state much needed funds. I am glad Ms. Williams came forward and fought for her rights. It pays to hang in there. School sexual harassment seems to be happending more and people need to be vigilent.

"My feelings are it is a decent outcome," said BU interim president C. Peter Magrath.

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