Report finds discrimination against female faculty at UCLA med school

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Women who work at the University of California, Los Angeles medical school faced discrimination by male colleagues, according to an internal investigation first reported by the Los Angeles Times.


Female faculty at UCLA's Alzheimer's disease research center reportedly faced retaliation for reporting violations of research protocol and were subjected to "unprofessional" and "demeaning" treatment for about a decade.

While the findings have not been publicly released, a spokeswoman for the medical school confirmed to the Times that a letter sent to staff detailing the investigation is authentic.


"The letter was intended as an internal communication to describe the measures taken by the university in response to serious concerns brought forward in good faith by female members of the faculty," Dale Tate said in a statement to the Times.

The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fusion.

According to the Times, the letter states that female faculty members documented and reported the discriminatory behavior multiple times without receiving a satisfactory response from the school.

Several changes have been implemented in response to the complaints, the letter reportedly says, including appointing a professor to monitor gender equity issues.

Emily DeRuy is a Washington, D.C.-based associate editor, covering education, reproductive rights, and inequality. A San Francisco native, she enjoys Giants baseball and misses Philz terribly.

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