A former employee has sued Lodi Memorial Hospital for sexual harassment, claiming she was harassed by a doctor for over a year and fired after she complained to management. The former administrative assistant worked at the hospital for almost 11 years before she was fired in April. According to her lawsuit, the emergency room medical director sexually harassed her and several other workers beginning in 2012.
The plaintiff accuses the doctor and hospital of defamation, sexual harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination and patient safety whistle blowing. According to the hospital, the doctor accused of harassment is no longer employed by the hospital. The former assistant claims the doctor made inappropriate contact with her on several occasions and made lewd comments to her and other female staff. She also claims that when she complained about the doctor’s behavior to management in March, she was retaliated against and fired a month later. The hospital claims she was fired for “violating the hospital’s confidentiality policy.” The plaintiff was also denied unemployment benefits.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of sexual discrimination by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you have a right to report it and subsequently file a claim if nothing is done to remedy the situation. Employers can be held accountable for sexual harassment even if they do not know it is happening. An experienced employment attorney can help you decide liability for your sexual harassment claim.
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