Los Angeles-area Medical Center Will Pay $530K in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement
November 26, 2011
According to a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) press release that our Rosemead employment attorneys have been following, a Los Angeles-area Medical Center will reportedly pay former female employees $530,000, to settle an EEOC lawsuit alleging the sexual harassment of the female medical staff.
The EEOC investigation reportedly uncovered that from 2007 until 2009, several of the female employees of the Garfield Medical Center, located in Monterey Park, California, were targets of sexual harassment by a male emergency room representative, whose job was to admit patients.
The Garfield Medical Center was found by the EEOC to have allowed the male emergency room representative to sexually harass a group of female hospital employees by subjecting them to sexual propositions, unwanted inappropriate touching, obscene photos, discussions of sexual activities that were graphic, and sexual comments about the female anatomy, including those of patients who were underage.
After reporting the harassment, their complaints were reportedly ignored by the hospital management. One female employee was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for complaining about the harassment, while other employees were driven to quit in order to escape the hostile work environment. Even after repeated complaints to the hospital management, the male employee was not terminated from his job until 2009, over two years after the initial sexual harassment complaints were reported.
The EEOC originally filed the sexual harassment lawsuit against the hospital in August of 2010, and as part of the settlement, the hospital will pay $430,000 to the ten victims, plus $100,000 to be set aside as a class fund for victims who have not yet come forward to be identified in the sexual harassment lawsuit. The settlement also includes an injunctive relief aimed to prevent harassment, and provide an appropriate plan on how to deal with harassment in the workplace in the future.
Garfield also agreed to eliminate the negative reports from the personnel records of the claimants, and will implement a toll-free complaint hotline for employees in the future who experience sexual harassment. The hospital will also provide anti-harassment and anti-retaliation training for all the staff, along with hiring a consultant to track and monitor any harassment complaints.
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Garfield Medical Center To Pay $530,000 For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, November 16, 2011
UPDATED: Garfield Medical Center settles sexual harassment, retaliation lawsuit, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, November 16, 2011
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