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FORMER PROFESSOR AT U.C. BERKELEY SUES FOR RACE AND SEX DISCRIMINATION IN FAILURE TO BE GRANTED TENURE

 OAKLAND, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer today released the following:
 On April 8, 1993, plaintiff Marcy Wang, of Berkeley, filed a complaint through her attorneys, Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, in the Alameda County Superior Court which alleges racial and sexual discrimination in her failure to receive tenure while an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture. The suit contends that Wang was first denied tenure in 1986. She thereafter appealed the matter within the administrative system at U.C. Berkeley. A second hearing was granted in 1988 but once again the Department of Architecture refused to grant her tenure.
 Wang was a highly qualified assistant professor and the sole reason for her denial of tenure was based upon racial and sexual discrimination since she is an Asian woman. Failure to obtain tenure at U.C. Berkeley results in termination of employment.
 There have been many similar allegations against U.C. Berkeley in recent years. The University has been accused of racial and sexual discrimination by women, Asians and Hispanics. Studies from 1986 to 1990 show that the tenured faculty at U.C. Berkeley was 90 percent white with white male professors having more than 75 percent of all tenured positions. The Department of Architecture has been especially singled out for their discriminatory policies.
 The tenured professors do not reflect the diversity of the campus students and are a traditional "good old boys club" according to Wang's attorney, J. Gary Gwilliam, of Oakland. Gwilliam, who graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California said, "I am disappointed in the policies and attitudes of the University. Not only have they blatantly discriminated against a highly qualified professor, but they have compounded the problem by dragging her through a seven- year grievance procedure which was nothing more than a kangaroo court. She has been blocked from filing a lawsuit through these meaningless administrative hearings for many years and is now entitled to her day in court." He went on to say, "I have nothing but the highest praise for Marcy Wang in her long and arduous fight against tough odds. She has stood up against the bureaucracy and spent almost $125,000 of her own money in the process.
 "It seems to me the University of California at Berkeley should be in the forefront of academic freedom and fighting for equal rights for all minorities. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. We are seeing a dramatic change in attitudes towards women in positions of leadership in this country. In California, where we have two women senators and one who may be governor, the University of California should not be spending its money and energies in attempting to halt the progressive tide of female and minority advancement."
 Gwilliam went on to state "We hope that this lawsuit will help accomplish the appropriate goals of racial and ethnic diversity in this great university."
 Wang issued a short personal statement as follows:
 "The notion that the tenure system at U.C. Berkeley is totally based on merit is a sham. My battle is not just for personal vindication, but for the much larger cause of justice for all people who are discriminated against on the basis of sex and race. I am totally committed to continuing my fight for equal rights for women and non-whites. This has been a long battle against the University of California who has thrown their money and legal staff against me in my fight against their policy of discrimination. I will not be intimidated. I know that justice will ultimately prevail."
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Twenty-one page complaint is available upon request./
 /CONTACT: J. Gary Gwilliam, Esq., of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, 510-832-5411/


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