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University pays millions to researchers who sued over sexual-harassment allegations (Nature)


The University of Rochester in New York has agreed to pay a US $9.4 million settlement to researchers who sued the institution over how it handled allegations of sexual harassment against a cognitive science professor. The settlement, announced on 27 March, brings to a close one of the most prominent harassment cases at a US university.

The nine researchers sued the institution in December 2017 over its response to allegations that Florian Jaeger, a professor in the department of brain and cognitive sciences, had sexually harassed students.

The researchers — who include former faculty members and a former student who collectively filed complaints against Jaeger on behalf of other students — argued that the university retaliated against them, harming their careers, for reporting Jaeger.

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