As USC President Steps Down, More Women Join Class-Action Lawsuit Against University and its Former Gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall
Lawsuit grows to 44 women as class-action law firm continues fight for women’s rights and systemic change at USC
LOS ANGELES – Attorneys at leading class-action law firm Hagens Berman are now representing 44 women against the University of Southern California (USC) and its former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, as the sexual abuse case causes USC’s president to step down.
“USC’s response has been utterly abysmal, from its cover-up of Dr. Tyndall’s egregious actions, to its failure to report his behavior to the public and to parents, and now to the long overdue stepping down of its president, C. L. Max Nikias,” said Steve Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Hagens Berman. “Our class-action lawsuit seeks systemic changes to USC’s protocols and oversight, not just new figureheads, but real impacts that will create a safer campus at USC and at other universities vulnerable to this same string of abuse.”
The law firm’s latest class-action complaint filed on Aug. 9, 2018, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, details the rampant sexual abuse and violations of Dr. Tyndall, who subjected his patients to inappropriate touching, unnecessary penetration with his hands, lewd comments, photographing, and other acts of sexual harassment. The university knew of his behavior since at least the 1990s.
Systemic change in this case could mean changes to USC medical examination protocols, third-party oversight of USC’s student health center, and clear reporting requirements when any medical staff receives a complaint or is witness to a breach of medical protocols – no matter how small.
Were you violated by USC’s Dr. George Tyndall?
Hagens Berman’s expert legal team has compiled resources to help you sort through the confusion and emotion of this case to find strength, empowerment and clarity. Use our handy guides designed by our women attorneys fighting for the rights of women:
- USC and Dr. Tyndall Sexual Harassment FAQ – Find out the facts of the case, what the lawsuit seeks and what you need to know about your rights »
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“Our team of attorneys is full of women with a breadth of experience speaking with – and fighting for – survivors of abuse, violence and traumatic experiences, and our top priority is to empower and protect anyone seeking our guidance in holding USC and Dr. Tyndall accountable,” added Elizabeth Fegan, partner at Hagens Berman representing the proposed class of women against USC and Dr. Tyndall.
Attorneys at Hagens Berman achieved a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women and also tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state. The firm represents multiple 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.
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