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Court rules in sexual harassment case

Date Posted: 1998-04-05

Naha District Court handed a decision in a long-standing sexual harassment case against an assistant professor at tthe University of the Ryukyus. A female student had brought the suit against the man alleging that he had subjected her for unwanted sexual advances and other harassment over a period of a year and three months.

In its decision, the court ruled, Friday, that the professor should pay the plaintiff 1.5 million in compensation plus 200,000 in legal costs. The plaintiff had originally sought 5.5 million.

The court ruled that the assistant professor had engaged in inappropriate behavior and stated that the professor's actions could not be forgiven and that he had encroached on the student's human rights.

However, the judge also stated that sexual harassment couldn't be proven due to the fact that the two individuals had been involved in a sexual relationship. Some time during this relationship conflicts arose and the girl decided to call it off. The assistant Professor began making unwanted sexual advances and that is when the student decided to take him to court.

The judge also stated that in the final settlement the woman was responsible for 2/3 of the total guilt but the assistant professor would still have to pay 1/3 of the sought compensation plus the victim's attorneys fees.

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