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Federal complaint alleges hostile environment against Jewish students at UC Berkeley
by Kristin J. Bender
Two Jewish UC Berkeley graduates have agreed to drop a lawsuit against the university that claimed Muslim students had subjected them to slurs, threats and assaults, but their attorneys have now filed a federal civil rights complaint against the university.
Attorneys Neal Sher and Joel Siegal filed a complaint Monday with the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Department of Education against UC Berkeley on behalf of graduates Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy alleging that "Jewish students have been subjected to a pervasive hostile environment and that the university has failed to take effective measure to cure the situation."
"We filed (the federal complaint) because once the plaintiffs in the lawsuit graduated, we lost the ability to affect changes to correct the hostile environment," said Sher, adding that the plaintiffs were not pursuing the case to collect money, but rather to correct an "intolerable situation."
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