Prof slapped over harassment training

UC Irvine relieves a faculty member of supervisory duties for refusing to take sexual harassment training

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Dec 10, 2008
A University of California, Irvine, biologist has been relieved of his supervisory duties for refusing to submit to sexual harassment training mandated by California state law.UC Irvine has also contacted the scientist's funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, to say that he is no longer supervising his grants because he refused the training -- a step that has him concerned he may lose his funding altogether.linkurl:Alexander McPherson,; who has studied protein crystallization technology at the school for 11 years, told __The Scientist__ that he continues to decline partaking of the training on grounds that it impinges upon his individual dignity. "What I'm arguing against is that the state thinks it has the right to impose upon its citizens what is essentially behavioral training," he said.The training, which is mandated by 2005's linkurl:AB 1825; and is required of all supervisors in California working for organizations that regularly employ 50...

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