Many California residents who work in the science industry know that they can lose funding if it is discovered that they are falsifying or plagiarizing their data. However, companies that fund scientific research must determine what would happen should the scientists who received the grants were found to be involved in sexual transgressions.
For example, a molecular biologist reportedly left the university he was employed at after an internal investigation found that he had made unwanted advances on female students. The report, which came to light on Feb. 2, also mentioned that he engaged in sexual activity with a student who was unable to consent. This researcher has brought his university funding for research. Now, the university has to determine what to do with the funds.
When sexual harassment reports arise at universities and other funded institutions, a representative must investigate and resolve the report under Title IX. The institution can then take disciplinary action depending on the outcome of the investigation. However, the agency funding the institution may also investigate and take disciplinary actions. However, the funding itself is usually not pulled as the grant usually goes to the institution, not the grantee. In most cases, the grants are transferred to other researchers at the institution.
Workplace sexual harassment can have major impacts on an employee’s ability to be productive. If the employee reports the incident but nothing is done to remedy the situation, the employee may have the opportunity to file a sexual harassment case against the employee responsible for the harassment and the company for failing to take action. Depending on the case and evidence available, the attorney may assist the employee with seeking compensation for income that was not earned due to the harassment, lost promotions and other damages that may have been caused by retaliation.