Case: Columbia University

The Biggest B-School Scandals Of 2018

January 1st, 2019

John Byrne Contributor Each year, some of the world’s most elite business schools are embroiled in scandal. 2018 was no different — from deans resigning or being removed for various reasons, to complaints of hazing at a top school’s welcome week, to the mishandling of diversity and gender issues, we saw it all. But two […]

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Prof Wants To Put Ex-Colleague On Secret Email Probation

November 9th, 2018

By Pete Brush Law360, New York (November 9, 2018, 6:14 PM EST) — A request by former Columbia University professor Enrichetta Ravina to have an ex-colleague’s emails secretly scanned for disparaging remarks about her has the university scrambling for more time to brief a Manhattan federal judge, according to court filings. The Ivy League school […]

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When It Comes to Gender Imbalances, Academia’s Ignorance Is Self-Serving

August 7th, 2018

by Renée Adams The Ravina vs. Columbia case illustrates that challenging the status quo can be immensely costly. We economists should collectively think about how we can further both human dignity and science by becoming better scientists in life, not just on paper, argues Renée Adams in this op-ed. In a profession dominated by men, […]

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Letter to the American Finance Association Board

August 7th, 2018

To the AFA board: We write in response to the recent verdict in the case Ravina vs Columbia. The unanimous jury vote was that Professor Bekaert, a full professor at Columbia University, is liable for retaliation against Enrichetta Ravina, a former assistant professor at Columbia who accused Bekaert of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. A […]

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The First “Me Too” Verdict in New York Should Send A Strong Message to Managers and Employers

August 6th, 2018

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP On Friday, July 27, after a 3 week trial in Manhattan, a jury awarded $1.25 million in damages to Enrichetta Ravina, a former professor at Columbia University Business School, who claimed that she was denied tenure and forced to resign in retaliation for complaining that a senior professor, Geert Bekaert, […]

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Why Every Good Economist Should Be Feminist

August 2nd, 2018

by Luigi Zingales As every good economist knows, markets work best when they are competitive. Therefore, every good economist should also be a feminist, defending a level playing field for all genders, writes Luigi Zingales in this op-ed. Sexual harassment cases rarely go to court, especially when they involve an academic. The victim has no […]

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Former Columbia U Prof Awarded $1.25M in Perv Retaliation Suit

August 1st, 2018

After two days of deliberation, a judge decided that a Columbia University professor retaliated against a former assistant professor who accused him of sexual harassment and gender discrimination, according to The New York Times. Under the jury’s findings based on the New York City Human Rights Law, Columbia has liabilities in the case. Enrichetta Ravina, […]

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Jury Awards $1.25 Million in University Harassment Case But Denies Retaliation Claim

July 30th, 2018

By Sydney Maki A jury awarded $1.25 million to a former Columbia University finance professor whose senior colleague sent dozens of emails disparaging her to industry professionals after she lodged a harassment complaint against him. The verdict is a fraction of the $16 million Enrichetta Ravina sought as her bias and retaliation lawsuit went to […]

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Appeal Planned By Former CBS Prof

July 30th, 2018

BY: JOHN A. BYRNE The professor who won a retaliation suit against Columbia Business School Professor Geert Bekaert last week plans to file an appeal of her claims of sexual harassment against Bekaert and Columbia University. David Sanford, chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp and Ravina’s attorney, confirmed that the appeal will shortly be filed alleging […]

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Jury Awards Former Columbia B-School Prof $1.25 Million In Damges Due To Retailiation For Sexual Harassment Claims

July 29th, 2018

By Paul Caron A former assistant professor at Columbia Business School was awarded $1.2 million by a Manhattan jury Friday, after finding the university and a top professor liable for retaliation over sexual harassment claims. The jury awarded professor Enrichetta Ravina $750,000 in compensatory damages against Columbia and professor Geert Bekaert, as well as $500,000 […]

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