Judge denies plea to dismiss OU sexual harassment lawsuit

The Associated Press - January 31, 2020 3:53 pm

Levi Hilliard

NORMAN, OK (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents of negligence in its handling of a sexual harassment case.

Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ruled Thursday that Levi Hilliard’s case should be decided in court.

The Norman Transcript reports that Balkman dismissed a portion of the lawsuit seeking punitive damages. Hilliard is a former server at a university restaurant. He says former OU Vice President Jim “Tripp” Hall III made sexual advances towards him in 2017.

He accuses the regents of failing to follow university policy on sexual harassment reporting and investigations.


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