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‘Lyle’ Portends Life Without Freedom, ‘Friends,’ ‘Seinfeld’

March 10, 2005

Every year when I attend a national conference of administrators for America's colleges and universities, one message comes through loud and clear: claims of harassment, sexual or otherwise, are out of control.

At this conference, experts review harassment case law, recent suits and settlements from across the country. They also tell horror stories of absurd harassment accusations they have battled and quote statistics placing the cost of defending just one of these suits, no matter how frivolous, at hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the average award to plaintiffs equally high...

Schools: University of New Hampshire Rhode Island College University of Massachusetts – Amherst Occidental College Cases: Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions et al.: Lawsuit Threatening Expansion of Sexual Harassment Codes