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Judge dismisses L.A. Schools Supt. Ramon Cortines sexual harassment lawsuit

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed the sexual harassment lawsuit that had been filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The judge ruled that Scot Graham, the LAUSD’s director of leasing and asset management, failed to file the complaint within the time limit allowed for sexual harassment lawsuits. The judge did not rule on the merits of the allegations.

Graham had accused former Superintendent Ramon Cortines of subjecting him to sexual harassment. Cortines said that he and Graham had a consensual sexual encounter at Cortines’ ranch in Kern County in July 2010, but he denies sexually harassing Graham.

Cortines retired in April 2011.

Graham’s claim was almost settled in May 2012 when LA County agreed to pay Graham $200,000, but Graham cancelled the deal the day before he signed the settlement agreement because the school district announced the settlement. Graham then sought additional compensation for being subjected to the additional negative publicity.

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Judge dismisses L.A. Schools Supt. Ramon Cortines sexual harassment lawsuit
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