An investigation that has recently been published in a leading national daily has found that female faculty at the Alzheimer's disease research center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), worked under hostile conditions.
A letter of a UCLA administrator to research center staff has been highlighted in the report. The letter claims that some men discriminated against three women including retaliation for reporting problems with research protocol.
"The work environment at the center that specializes in the neurological disorder 'compromises our research, teaching and patient care," wrote Jonathan Hiatt, vice dean for faculty at the university, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The letter, written in March, also claims that administrators did not properly respond to past complaints of discrimination. However, the letter revealed neither the women nor the men whom the investigator concluded had violated campus rules.
The investigative report said that for about a decade the center had 'a climate of conflict, tension, hostility and mistrust' and the women were treated in an 'unprofessional, demeaning manner.'