A jury has awarded three former employees of a Maryland medical practice $350,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The EEOC initiated the lawsuit against the Baltimore-based Endoscopic Microsurgeries Associates P.A. in 2010 and accused two executive officers at the practice of creating a hostile work environment through repeated sexual harassment and retaliation.
According to the allegations, Dr. Mark Noar, CEO of the practice, and Mark Vigra, Chief Financial Officer, repeatedly asked the women for dates, made comments about their clothing and personal relationships. The two men are also accused of touching the women against their will in a sexual manner.
When several women came forward with complaints both Dr. Noar and Vigra retaliated against them by denying them paid leave, throwing objects at them, and other “disrespectful acts,” according to the EEOC’s lawsuit.
The three women who filed the suit will split the $350,000 judgment.
Once an employee takes action and reports this behavior they have the reasonable expectation that their employer will try and stop the behavior. But too often employers ignore these allegations and the abused employ has no other option than to hire a sexual harassment attorney.
Harassment in the workplace can cause a great deal of emotional distress for the object of the unwanted attention. The victims of this misconduct deserve compensation, and with the assistance of a sexual harassment lawyer they will get a favorable settlement.
If you are being harassed or face discrimination at work because of your gender, a sexual harassment attorney will make certain this behavior stops.