Former UCLA oncologist wins retried gender discrimination case, awarded $14 million

The Los Angeles Superior Court awarded $14 million to former UCLA oncologist Lauren Pinter-Brown following the conclusion of an eight-year-long battle over her gender discrimination lawsuit, according to the Daily Bruin.

Pinter-Brown sued the UC Board of Regents in 2016, alleging that she was discriminated against by her male colleagues and was receiving $200,000 less than them annually.

The original lawsuit claims Pinter-Brown faced gender discrimination from 2006 until 2015, when she left her position. The lawsuit also contained allegations of gender harassment, retaliation for complaints of discrimination, violation of equal pay and intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation.

The 2018 jury verdict awarded her $13 million, but the decision was overturned in 2020 by the California Court of Appeals, which deemed the original judge to be prejudiced against UCLA. 

The re-trying of her case, which ended May 9, ended in Pinter-Brown receiving $1 million more than her original jury verdict. 

Charges remain against UC Berkeley student for animal removal after four felony counts dropped

UC Berkeley student and Direct Action Everywhere activist Zoe Rosenberg is now facing one felony count and three misdemeanors for removing four chickens from Perdue’s Petaluma Poultry farms in Sonoma County in June 2023 after four felony charges were dropped this month, according to the Daily Californian. 

Rosenberg previously faced five felony counts and three misdemeanors. One felony count was dropped by prosecutors and another was dismissed at a May 3 preliminary hearing. 

She was arrested in November 2023, and after spending 10 hours in jail used Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) funds to pay her $35,000 bail. Rosenberg has been required to wear a GPS ankle monitor since December and cannot leave Alameda County without permission from a pretrial officer. 

According to Rosenberg’s attorney, Chris Carraway, the court determined that prosecutors “overcharged” Rosenberg when dropping the four felony charges.

“In an effort to deflect their own responsibility and failure to protect animals [the prosecution is] really trying to make an example out of people like Ms. Rosenberg,” Carraway told the Daily Californian. “As a result, they are throwing as many charges as they want in order to scare people from blowing the whistle.” 

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the May 16, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Sindhu Ananthavel
Sindhu Ananthavel (she/they) is the Lead News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Ananthavel was the Deputy News Editor for the 2022-23 school year, the Community Outreach News Editor for the 2021-22 school year and an assistant news editor for the 2021-22 school year. She can be reached at