Suffering an Unfair Job Loss is Tough, our california employment attorneys can help.

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.

Howard Law, PC represents employees in Orange County, California who have endured sexual harassment and are seeking recovery. Let our team of dedicated labor and employment lawyers represent you and protect your workplace rights. Contact us today.

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

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

Related Blog Posts:

Female CFO Sues Proskauer Law Firm for Gender and Disability Discrimination, California Employment Lawyers Blog, October 8, 2011

Hollywood Producer to Pay Former Assistant Over $3M in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, California Employment Lawyers Blog, September 20, 2011

Verizon's Class Action Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Settles for $20 Million, California Employment Lawyers Blog, July 11, 2011

Starbucks Sued for Dwarfism and Disability Discrimination, California Employment Lawyers Blog, May 18, 2011

Ralphs' Employee Sues for Racial Discrimination, Harassment and Wrongful Termination, California Employment Lawyers Blog, October 18, 2010