USC, Dr. Tyndall Sexual Harassment
In light of Judge Wilson's order issued on Apr. 28, 2019, Hagens Berman's Steve Berman stated, "We appreciate Judge Wilson's careful scrutiny of this landmark settlement, and look forward to resolving his concerns. As is stated in the order, 'The Court takes no issue with the substantive terms of settlement between Plaintiffs and Defendants, and the Court believes that the proposed settlement, as is, ultimately may be fair and reasonable under the prevailing standards.'
"This settlement gives every single woman who saw Tyndall a choice in how they want to participate and hold USC accountable, while also forcing the school to change to ensure this doesn't happen again. We are confident our renewed motion for preliminary approval will address the Court’s concerns, lead to approval of this agreement, and provide these survivors the relief and measure of closure they deserve."
If you were violated by USC's gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, find out your rights »
USC failed to protect its students.
A PATTERN OF IMPROPER BEHAVIOR
According to recent investigations, Dr. George Tyndall, the full-time gynecologist at the University of Southern California's student health clinic 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 believes those who were abused and harassed by Dr. Tyndall deserve payback.
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 recently achieved a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women and also tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state. Your claim will be handled by lawyers experienced in sexual harassment and abuse litigation.
KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS
If you experienced sexual harassment or other inappropriate actions at the hands of USC's Dr. Tyndall, contact our legal team. Our secure messaging service offers a safe space to those speaking out. Your information and comments will be sent directly to our legal team.
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