El Camino College Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

According to San Jose Mercury News, El Camino College has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit for $2.5 million. A former secretary filed the lawsuit alleging she was sexual harassed by former dean James Schwartz, between 2007 and 2009. Schwartz claimed the two had a consensual relationship.

Artiaga claimed the former college dean groped and threatened to fire her if she refused to have sex with him. Artiaga further alleged that Schwartz raped her in his locked office. Court documents state that Schwartz threatened to downgrade Artiaga’s performance review when she refused to have sex with him and that the dean offered her $800 for sex in hotel rooms. Nyesha Artiaga agreed to settle the lawsuit with the school. El Camino College will pay about a third of the multi-million dollar settlement. Schwartz agreed to pay $25,000. The school’s insurance company will pay the rest.

Under the agreement, Artiaga agreed to quit her job at the college and never to apply for employment with the school again.

El Camino College is a two-year public community college located in Los Angeles County, California. It is commonly referred to as Elco and consists of 37 buildings.