By Amanda Rosa and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald| May 24, 2019
Ana Kono, Left is suing the school and Juliano Lara, a marketing professor.
Ana Kono was living a full life in Los Angeles as an entertainment marketing executive with a young family, but she yearned to realize an even bigger dream: to be a college professor.
She moved with her daughter across country to pursue a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Miami, while her husband stayed on the West Coast.
But in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Kono accuses her doctoral adviser, UM marketing professor Juliano Laran, of repeatedly sexually harassing her and threatening that “he would make sure [her] career would be over before it even began” if she switched to another Ph.D. adviser. The suit says Laran frequently made her uncomfortable by telling sexually fraught stories in front of her and other graduate students and often referring to her as a “boring mom.”
Her attorney, Donald Hayden, said UM put the school’s reputation above all else.
“The University of Miami, as they like to say, is ‘all about the U,’ and building their reputation and building the reputation of their marketing department through a professor who was quite prolific,” Hayden said in an interview. “Unfortunately, they emphasized this over ensuring a safe and thriving educational environment for their students.”