Former Birmingham Health Care CEO Jonathan Dunning requested that a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him and his former employer be moved from a circuit court to a federal court, according to Alabama Real-Time News. Shannon Waltz filed the lawsuit against Dunning and Birmingham Health Care on February 14 in Jefferson County Circuit Court, claiming she was subject to constant sexual harassment while working with Dunning.
Waltz claimed that Dunning, her direct superior, forced her to have sexual relations, make sexual videos and wear revealing clothing to the office. She claims that Dunning also threatened to release the sex tapes if Waltz reported the behavior.
Waltz served as a clinical director for Birmingham Health Care from 2002 until 2008, around the same time that Dunning left Birmingham Health Care. Waltz initially filed a complaint in 2012 with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Waltz’s lawsuit claims that Dunning’s actions were in direct violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Waltz claims the relationship was not reciprocal and Dunning took advantage of his authority.
“The defendant denies any sexual harassment of plaintiff,” read a statement released by one of Dunning’s attorneys.
Dunning cited the fact that Waltz filed the complaint with the EEOC and invoked the Civil Rights Act as reasons that the lawsuit should be moved to a federal jurisdiction.
If you feel you were the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination in your workplace, you should consult a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer right away. Even if you plan on filing a complaint with your company’s human resources department or an agency like the EEOC, an experienced attorney can ensure that proper procedures are followed and bolster your case.
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