Yale Accused of Not Protecting Women

The family of a female Yale student who was murdered by a male coworker is suing the university for not doing enough to prevent the tragedy.

Cristina Luiggi
Sep 8, 2011

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The family of Annie Le, the Yale University graduate student who was murdered by a lab technician in September 2009 at the Yale Animal Research Center, has filed a lawsuit against Yale University and Yale School of Medicine citing that the school failed to protect Le despite previous indications that the technician, Raymond Clark, posed a threat to her safety. The lawsuit goes further in claiming the university has a long history of negligence when it comes to protecting women against aggression and harassment. According to the 10-page lawsuit, "sexual attacks on and harassment of women at Yale had been a well-documented and long-standing problem, and there was a widespread belief that Yale repeatedly failed to impose meaningful discipline on offenders."

The lawsuit also accuses Yale of not responding quickly enough after people became aware that Le hadn’t returned to her home on the night of September 8, The Hartford Courant reports.

Paul Slager and Joseph Tacopina, the attorneys representing Le’s family, said in a statement, that "based on Yale's negligence in, among other things, hiring, retaining and supervising Clark, and providing a safe and secure environment for Annie Le, Ms. Le endured a brutal physical and sexual attack, resulting in significant conscious suffering before her death, for which Yale is liable." (Hat tip to The Chronicle)