USC, Dr. Tyndall Sexual Harassment
The settlement administrator will begin sending payments from a $37,515,000 initial settlement distribution on April 6, 2020.
- 15,006 Tier 1 payments in the amount of $2,500 each will be sent to class members via USPS or international wire.
- 3,085 Tier 1 payments are being held back for deficiency processing and/or lien resolutions. That process is ongoing and those class members will be receiving correspondence soon from the administrator on the deficiencies and/or lien resolution process.
Tiers 2 and 3:
- Claims processing is ongoing and will take an uncertain amount of time to complete by the Special Master Panel established through the settlement. We will post an updated when a timeline has been scheduled.
USC failed to protect its students.
In 2018, Hagens Berman filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Southern California and Dr. George Tyndall, the full-time gynecologist at USC's student health clinic. According to investigations, Tyndall sexually harassed, violated and engaged in wildly inappropriate behavior with female students who sought his medical care. News outlets state he saw tens of thousands of female patients during his time at USC. The university knew of his behavior since at least the 1990s.
Reports state Dr. Tyndall's behavior included inappropriate touching, unnecessary penetration with his hands, lewd comments, photographing hundreds of his patients, and other acts of sexual harassment. Some colleagues were concerned Dr. Tyndall targeted USC's Chinese students.
Hagens Berman fought for those who were abused and harassed by Dr. Tyndall.
Official complaints of Dr. Tyndall's behavior began to surface at USC in the 1990s, but despite the university's knowledge of Dr. Tyndall's behavior, it did not report him to the agency responsible for protecting the public from problem doctors. USC did nothing, for decades, as more and more female students were sent into Dr. Tyndall's office.
Both patients and nurses at USC accused Dr. Tyndall of "creepy" behavior, including inappropriate touching of his patients. Still, despite this knowledge, the university balked, allowing him to continue to practice. Not until 2016 was Dr. Tyndall finally suspended after a nurse approached USC's rape crisis center. According to the Los Angeles Times, "...in a secret deal last summer, top administrators allowed Tyndall to resign quietly with a financial payout."
USC did not act on its knowledge of sexual harassment and the violation of its students by its own employee. USC did not notify Tyndall's patients or patients' parents when he was suspended. USC did not report Dr. Tyndall to the Medical Board of California.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT LITIGATION
Hagens Berman's attorneys are experienced in representing victims of sexual harassment and assault. The firm represents six women on behalf of a class of all victims who were harassed or otherwise assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, seeking to hold him and his co-conspirators accountable for a years-long pattern of sexual harassment and cover-ups.
Hagens Berman's attorneys also achieved a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women and also tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state.
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