Woman Claims University Officials Tried To Use Her As "Plaything"

A fundraiser at an upstate New York university says senior athletic department officials tried to use her as a sexual "plaything" to ply big donors.

Elizabeth Williams has sued Binghamton University and the two officials in federal court in Manhattan. She's using the lawyer who won a highly publicized sexual harassment case against former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.

Williams claims the university officials subjected her to a pattern of harassment beginning when she was hired late last year. She says after they told her to dress provocatively for a fundraising dinner in New York City, a donor asked how much money it would cost to have sex with her.

A spokeswoman for the 15,000-student university says it doesn't tolerate harassment and will fight the allegations in court.

A telephone message left Thursday with Williams' attorney, Anne Vladeck, hasn't been returned.


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  • by the pirate lady Location: greenville on Jul 12, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    She could have quit this job at any time, and/or filed a grievance with the university. She waits until a year later? I know these are hard economic times, but I wouldn't stay in a job where I was being harassed.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jul 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    Seems to me this chicky is not capable of making her OWN decisions!She dressed how "SHE" wanted to,and had "SEX" with who she wanted to,and somehow BU is too blame.Frivolous
  • by MONEY on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Money Money Money
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 12, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    She went into this thing with her eyes wide open. Evidentaly she saw the prize long before the jocks.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:45 PM
    This story stinks on both fronts. First the woman, she dresses 'provocatively' as they told her and a third party harassed her. Seems like she's suing the wrong person. She couldn't sue the donor and keep her job, maybe; certainly she couldn't have dressed respectfully and sued the school if they took action against her for it (on top of for making the suggestion). And she hires this high-profile lawyer, who of course has nothing to say. A lawyer not having anything to say? Second, the university. They say "[they] don't tolerate harassment" AND they will fight the allegations..? That's a contradiction. Being intolerant of harassment would mean solving the problem. Going to court would mean defending their actions publicly. So do they tolerate or defend harassment? While I do realize the two are not mutually exclusive, it was badly written and/or stated, and left the door open for assumption.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Um, well did she do it?
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Naive? Or looking to score a huge settlement from the school?
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    Come on! Someone tell you to dress provocatively and you do it? How naive can this woman be?
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    The poor thing! I wonder how many millions of dollars it will take to make her feel better.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    this is a joke she new what was going on at this fundraiser. get over yourself your not that important
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