An ETH Professor of architecture is supposed to have, according to an investigative report repeatedly disrespectful to women behavior.
- A confidential investigation report contains the Details of a case at the ETH Zurich.
- A Professor of architecture had several times “disrespectful” towards women.
- In one case he is said to have a friendly assistant to your slip size asked.
- A legal expert may not understand that it was not regarded as sexual harassment.
- The lawyer of the Professor put into perspective the circumstances of the incidents.
ETH Zurich does not come from the headlines. On Friday Details of a confidential investigation report were known. This comes to the conclusion that a former ETH-I behavior, the Professor of architecture several times “disrespectful” towards women, as SRF reported. Two cases are performed in the article.
The first case should have, therefore, in the summer of 2015 on a business trip or so. The Professor asked his co-worker shortly after midnight, if he could come to your hotel room. You have instructed him to behave in a professional manner. In the course of the conversation, the Professor had declared, that he would have liked an affair with her. In the study, the Professor had indicated that the comment was “unreasonable”. He had just needed company.
Not as a sexual harassment prized
According to the report, it should be to come in the summer of 2016, a further case. Was involved in an ETH-employee, to be maintained, which of the Professor a friendly relationship. He should have by Facebook to your panty size in demand – with the comment “small, I suppose”. In addition, he wanted to give her a Slip to pay, even though they have rejected several times. At the next Meeting he had given her a Slip. In the investigation of the Professor explained that it was a “joke”. But he said that he had quite an interest in the woman.
The investigation lasts, according to the SRF, that in both cases, a “disrespectful” behavior is present. Of a failed the speech behavior is also in other cases. The Professor should not have touched women, even though they wanted to. According to the report, the Professor has failed several times against the internal guidelines. None of the incidents but was prized as sexual harassment.
“Cases have occurred outside of ETH”
For Regula Kägi-Diener, who was Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen and in the area of equality are familiar, is not that understandable, as she says to SRF. “There are clear cases of sexual harassment under the equality act. The law speaks of sexual harassment, if low-threshold sexual advances available to try, and that is exactly here.”
The lawyer of the former ETH Professor put into perspective the circumstances of the incidents, compared to SRF. In the investigation of a strict scale had been applied. “All the incidents occurred off campus in the private environment, only in one case it is an employee, and with this he used a long friendship.” It is, therefore, the question of why the ETH-internal guidelines for the application came. It will do your client, so sorry if anyone had felt, through him, disturbed.
Professor left the ETH at his own request
The evaluation of Kägi-Diener referred to as untrustworthy because not all of the investigation documents pre-be put. In addition, the terms of the equality act, that the incident wear either at the workplace or impact on the workplace have. “That was not the case. This was confirmed by several witnesses.”
The ETH takes to SRF in the Form of a General position and writes: “The external and independent investigation officer went to all of the rule-of-law principles and Federal regulations.” Legally the case is closed. ETH Zurich, adapted the approach to dealing with cases of sexual harassment. The architecture Professor left the ETH at his own request.