The University of California, San Francisco, settled with a former postdoctoral researcher for $150,000 after she sued it, saying a high-profile tobacco researcher harassed her. The former postdoc, Eunice Neeley, alleged in a December lawsuit that Stanton Glantz, Truth Initiative Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control, ogled her body, forced her to hug him and made inappropriate sexual comments during conversations. Neeley said Glantz also retaliated against her by removing her name from a paper after she filed an internal complaint against him.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the settlement also stipulates that Glantz will relinquish his rights to the paper in question and transfer authorship to Neeley. Glantz denies all of Neeley's allegations. Both Glantz and the university reportedly declined comment. Glantz has previously denied the allegations in more detail, including by saying that Neeley did not want her name on the disputed paper. The Chronicle reported that an internal university investigation found Glantz violated the Faculty Code of Conduct with Neeley, and that he now has the option to appeal the findings before a faculty committee.
The university has been paying Glantz’s legal bills, including to fight a second harassment suit filed by a former employee, a paralegal named Juliette Jackson. Jackson alleges that she reported Glantz to campus officials in early 2017 and that they mishandled her case, including through undue delays. Glantz has reportedly denied leering at Jackson, who is Native American, but admitted to calling Native Americans “Indians.”