Three employees at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit, claiming that one doctor made their working lives a nightmare. The employees claim they were constantly harassed and even assaulted by Dr. Cesar Yepes, a cardiologist at the hospital. They claim that management ignored their complaints and fostered a hostile work environment in 2010. The female plaintiffs were scared and intimidated, often fearful of going to work.
“What this lawsuit is about is the employee’s right to work in a safe environment free from sexual harassment and assault,” said attorney Benjamin Yormak, representing the plaintiffs. “Fawcet Hospital failed to take proper measures in the hiring and supervision of Dr. Yepes.”
One of the complaints includes testimony from a defendant about Dr. Yepes cornering her in a hallway and groping her.
“The hospital’s and the institute’s inaction led the victim to be subjected to ridicule and a further hostile work environment after she reported the sexual harassment to the hospital,” reads the lawsuit. This type of inaction is inexcusable, and it appears the hospital failed to protect its employees. No employee should be scared to go to work. If you have experienced anything like this, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
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