BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania dean alleges he was fired for counseling a secretary who told him she was sexually harassed by the college's president.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by former BU College of Business dean Jeffrey Krug says he was fired for helping the secretary pursue a formal complaint against BU President Bashar Hanna. The Press Enterprise reports the lawsuit also alleges Hanna had been subject to multiple harassment complaints before being hired to lead the university.

The university said in a statement Thursday that Krug's lawsuit is "baseless" and denied all allegations of harassment and retaliation. The university says "it is not uncommon for employees who have been terminated to seek this type of recourse through legal action."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified back pay, punitive damages and lawyer fees.

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Information from: Press Enterprise, http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com