S.F. State employee sues Cal State over racial harassment charge

Our client, De Vaughn, an academic advisor at SFSU, was called a “runaway slave” by his former manager, Karen Rubin, who displayed a portrait of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in her office. Despite complaining to university officials beginning in 2019, SFSU repeatedly ignored Mr. Vaughn’s complaints and forced him to continue working with Ms. Rubin through 2022. Ultimately, SFSU conducted an investigation, which substantiated Mr. Vaughn’s claims and found that Ms. Rubin severely and pervasively racially harassed Mr. Vaughn. Even after the investigation concluded, Ms. Rubin remained employed with SFSU until she ultimately resigned.