Archive for workplace harassment

Overland Park hospital doctors sexually harassed multiple employees, lawsuit says

An individual who used to work at an Overland Park sports medicine clinic is suing the company responsible for managing it. The former employee claims that she was sexually harassed repeatedly by a surgeon, according to court documents.

According to the lawsuit, a Kansas City Spine and Sports Medicine Center former medical assistant complained to management that Glenn Amundson sexually harassed her and made sexual comments in front of employees and in the office. Glenn Amundson is the defendant in the case and a surgeon at the practice.

Amundson was contacted by The Star Saturday. He declined to comment. The Kansas City Spine and Sports Medicine Center recently reported that Amundson is no longer working with the company.

The lawsuit was filed on April 23. The lawsuit says that Amundson pulled the hair of the medical assistant, picked her up, and touched her hips, waist, and buttocks while she was working. Even though multiple complaints were made, no action was taken. The Star usually does not identify the victims of sexual abuse without their consent.

The woman later reported that Amundson pressed his groin into her buttocks and grabbed her hips. After this incident was reported, a management employee later witnessed a similar incident and reported the incident to human resources, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that other women in the office have made similar complaints about touching by Amundson and sexually offensive comments.

However, the human resources department decided that the medical assistant should transfer out of the office. The woman who filed the lawsuit suggested that Amundson should be made to transfer or leave instead.

Human resources started the process to transfer the medical assistant out of the office despite her protesting that she loved her job and got along well with the other doctors, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says that the human resources department made working conditions for the medical assistant “so intolerable that no reasonable person … would have continued working in the center.”

Due to this, the medical assistant was “constructively discharged” and no longer works for the company. Based on the lawsuit, it is uncertain what “discharged” refers to and it is uncertain whether the woman chose to leave voluntarily.

Former Sports Anchor, Vince Lennon sues Alabama TV Station for Claims of Racial Discrimination

When it comes to breach of contract and racial discrimination in the workplace, no employee can tolerate such behavior from their employers. Employees who have gone through this have been forced to acquire the help of the law to right the wrongs the employers have put them through. One employee looking for justice because of the breach of contract and racial discrimination comments, he went through at his workplace. This employee is none other than a former Montgomery TV sports anchor Vince Lennon. He filed a suit against Montgomery Television on three accounts of fraud, racial discrimination, and breach of contract.

He claims that while working at the network, he did not have the same treatment compared to his white co-workers. The reason for the difference in treatment was that he is of Spanish descent. Vince Lennon also claimed that the network lied to him in terms of the details of his employment while he was being recruited for his sports anchoring position at WAKA.

According to Lennon, when he left his stable job at Tennessee and relocated to Montgomery, he succumbed to economic hardship and financial loss. The loss he experienced continued after the company failed to pay his salary, as stipulated in his contract. WAKA also failed to pay him the makeup allowance they agreed upon when signing his contract.

Also, according to lawsuit Vince Lennon filed, when he was being “lured” away from Chattanooga to Montgomery to work at WAKA, Halbrooks promised a fully staffed bureau for production and editing of sports segments along with multiple cameras. But upon accepting the job, Lennon did not receive any of the promises. His department was not fully staffed, and he never did receive the equipment promised by management. During the one year he worked at WAKA, he never got any of the promises or agreements they made before signing the contract.

The lawsuit also includes several claims of harassment from his co-worker Sanders, especially one that claims his co-worker insinuated that he would cut off Vince Lennon’s manhood. The case is still pending, but most of his lawsuit claims have been ruled out due to jurisdictional issues.

4 Employees Sue UCLA over Workplace Sexual Harassment

Four former female UCLA employees, namely, Krystal Eda, Marya Miguel, Amber Rose Palega, and Jackie Rodriguez have filed a lawsuit against the University of California and Board of Regents for failing to handle abuse complaints appropriately. The case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the plaintiffs claim that their supervisor, Martha Mansoor harassed them sexually by slapping their buttocks, caressing their thighs, and making uncouth sexual remarks about their bodies. The plaintiffs feel that their allegations were ignored as they were ‘female-to-female.’

These claims fall under the FEHA (Fair Employment and Housing Act) rights that are meant to protect employees against workplace harassment and discrimination. The plaintiffs allege that the harassment began in 2016 and that the defendant retained her post even after one of the women informed another supervisor of the harassment. Instead, the supervisors retaliated by adding on to the plaintiffs’ workload, thus ensuring that they had no time to seek legal help, claims Darren Richie, the plaintiffs’ lawyer. Retaliation is also covered under FEHA.

The plaintiffs also claim that the complaint process at UCLA is long, confusing and ineffective. They cite a perfect example of the defendant continuing to work with and supervising the plaintiffs even after being alerted to the complaints against her. In spite of the harassment complaints having been submitted earlier in the year, the lawsuit indicates that the school terminated Mansoor in July of 2017. Moreover, UCLA’s internal complaint system showed that only one of the four women was the complainant while the rest were witnesses.

While UCLA did not respond immediately, they later issued a statement claiming that “these allegations are inconsistent with the standards of conduct expected of UCLA staff, faculty and students and we take them very seriously.” UCLA said they were reviewing the lawsuit’s details and would respond appropriately. The statement further encouraged the UCLA community to come forth with any concerns they could be having about the workplace environment.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for sexual harassment, failure of the institution to prevent such harassment, retaliation and discrimination, and deliberate and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Richie says that the four plaintiffs are pursuing more than 120 million dollars in compensation.