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Former Iowa Medical Director Charged with Sexual Harassment

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Sexual harassment in the workplace can take on many forms. At the very least, it can include sexual innuendo targeting colleagues and subordinates, making obscene jokes and gestures. At the most serious, it can include sexual assault. The former medical director of an Iowa hospital is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a nurse at the facility.

The civil lawsuit comes on the heels of a criminal trial that ended in May. That trial ended with the former medical director of the Franklin General Hospital pleading guilty to charges of sexual exploitation and other charges. He was given a suspended sentence, and also sentenced to 5 years on probation. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

The civil sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed by woman who was employed as a registered nurse at the hospital. According to her lawsuit, the director engaged in regular and frequent harassing behavior targeting her. He made her watch pornography on his office computer, masturbated in front of her, and made several suggestive innuendos in e-mails to her. He frequently asked her for sexual favors, and also assaulted her sexually several times.

The lawsuit also claims that the medical director also targeted other women employed at the facility, and frequently asked them for sexual favors.

The man served as medical director of the facility between 2010 and May 2012, and now no longer serves on the staff at Franklin General Hospital.

While workplace sexual harassment can take on many forms, it can cause the victim severe emotional distress and mental agony in all of these forms. Often, complaints against the harassment are not just neglected, but can actually trigger retaliatory actions or wrongful termination.

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