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N.C. State Ordered To Pay $300K In Sexual Harassment Case

Posted July 1, 2005 11:26 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University has to pay $300,000 to two research assistants who were among 10 women a professor harassed over the course of a decade, according to court records.

Evalyn Gonzales and Kathy Wood sued N.C. State, and a deputy commissioner with the state Industrial Commission ruled in their favor last week.

The two women worked for Shuaib Ahmad, a civil engineering professor who has left the university.

The commission's order said university officials, including former Chancellor Larry Monteith, learned in 1987 that Ahmad was accused of sexual harassment. Ahmad was later promoted to full professor and named head of a research laboratory. When Gonzales and Wood made their accusations in 1997, N.C. State allowed Ahmad to resign and gave him a positive recommendation letter.

A deputy commissioner says 10 women were victimized because of the school's negligence in the time between the first complaint and the lawsuit.