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CEO Doctor at Munster’s Medical Specialists sued for sexual harassment

Sally Gibbs, former CEO of Munster’s Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company’s current CEO, Dr. Alex Stemer.  Gibbs has accused Alex Stemer of making unwanted sexual advances and then firing her after she refused his advances.

Gibbs claims that Stemer made frequent unwelcome sexual remarks the entire time she worked with him and that he tried to kiss her on at least one occassion.  After she rejected his attempt to kiss her, Gibbs alleges that Stemer stormed off angrily.  The lawsuit mentions one instance where Stemer allegedly told Gibbs, “I can feel your blood running through my veins,” and “our organs should be connected.”

In the lawsuit, Gibbs has also accused Stemer of planning “to obtain higher Medicare reimbursement rates by falsifying medical records and by billing for services that were not actually provided.”

Gibbs alleges that she was fired in 2008 in retaliation for refusing Stemer’s sexual advances and for opposing his plans to commit Medicare fraud.

Before filing this lawsuit, Gibbs filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the EEOC did not act on her claim within the required 180 days, it approved Gibbs’ request to file a private lawsuit. 

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Lost actor Henry Ian Cusick settles hostile work environment lawsuit

Attorneys announced that the parties settled the hostile work environment lawsuit that was filed against Lost actor Henry Ian Cusic, ABC Entertainment, and production company Grass Skirt Entertainment.  The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

A former ABC production employee, Chelsea Stone, had sued Henry Ian Cusic and ABC for sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  In October 2007, Shone accused the actor of groping and kissing her “while making moaning sounds.”

After she complained to supervisors, ABC and Grass Skirt Entertainment allegedly did nothing while Cusic and other employees created a hostile work environment for Stone, who was subsequently fired 12 days after having complained about Cusic’s harassment.

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NOW accuses David Letterman of creating ‘toxic’ work environment

Last week, we discussed why David Letterman could face a hostile work environment lawsuit.  On the same day, the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement from its president, Terry O’Neill, in which she “calls on CBS to recognize that Letterman’s behavior creates a toxic environment and to take action immediately to rectify this situation.”

O’Neill claims that Letterman’s abuse of power has led to a hostile work environment at The Late Show.  “In the case of Letterman, he is a multi-million dollar host of one of the most popular late-night shows; in that role, he wields the ultimate authority as to who gets hired, who gets fired, who gets raises, who advances, and who does entry-level tasks among the Late Show employees. As “the boss,” he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace — and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees — including employees who happen to be women — in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation.”

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Why David Letterman Could Face a Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit

Following David Letterman’s admission of having sex with Stephanie Birkitt and several of his other employees, David Letterman might find himself facing sexual harassment and hostile work environment lawsuits from his employees on the grounds of favoritism. 

On the CBS Early Show Saturday, CBS legal analyst Lisa Bloom said, “… [U]nder sexual harassment law, there is a claim for harassment if somebody can come forward and say, ‘The boss was sleeping with other employees [and] they got favors and advantages that I didn’t get.”

Bloom added, “Nobody has raised a claim, but there’s always that issue lingering out there.  So, this is why every company in the United States has a policy that an employer should not be having sexual relations with a subordinate, because it has the potential to create a hostile work environment.”

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Binghamton University Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Update

The five defendants being sued by Binghamton University employee Elizabeth Williams for sexual harassment requested that the case be moved from the Southern District Court of New York to the Northern District Court.

Last July, Williams filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Binghamton University, its Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason Siegel, its Assistant Athletic Director for Development Chris Lewis, and two alumni, Larry Hollander and Michael Marcus who were involved in fundraising activities on BU’s behalf.

In her lawsuit, Williams claimed that she “discovered that her new bosses viewed women as playthings and expected women in the department to raise money by exploiting their sexuality” shortly after beginning her fundraising position with the university athletic department in late 2008.

“The lawsuit alleges that at a fundraising dinner in New York City in January, alum Larry Hollander put $100 bills on the table and told Williams to stop him when there was enough in the pile for her to sleep with him. At another fundraising event, alum Michael Marcus allegedly asked Williams to perform as a topless waitress at a party he was organizing, suggesting it as a way for her to make some extra money.”

After Williams complained to senior BU managers, the university allegedly did not take any actions to punish the toxic behavior.  Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the defendants “tried to sweep the matter under the rug and have engaged in an ongoing pattern of retaliation against” Williams. 

Source: Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and Associated Press

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