By Raychel Lean, Daily Business Review| May 23, 2019
Ex-doctorate marketing student Ana Kono sued the University of Miami Wednesday for allegedly ignoring her complaints of sexual harassment against a professor, whom she claims forced her out of her program.
The lawsuit points the finger at marketing professor Dr. Juliano Laran for intentional infliction of emotional distress, and accuses the Coral Gables university, its business school and board of trustees of ”deliberate indifference” and failing to comply with their responsibilities, which include providing education free of sex discrimination, under a federal civil rights law, Title IX.
Miami lawyer Donald J. Hayden of Mark, Migdal & Hayden claims his client’s teaching dreams were dashed when the program dismissed her, after complaining about Laran’s alleged ridicule, humiliation and sexually inappropriate comments.
“Even though she had a young child and a husband in Los Angeles, she made the decision to come here and work on this program and work almost exclusively for Dr. Laran,” Hayden said.