Five other women have stated that they were sexually harassed at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, echoing complaints filed last month by four women in a formal complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The lawyer of Baton Rouge reported.
He Lawyer she said the five women are not involved in any legal action because the alleged incidents they described occurred several years ago and therefore could not be part of an EEOC complaint. However, the women alleged many of the same acts, including unwanted touches and kisses by male medical school officials.
Medical School Chancellor Ghali E. Ghali, MD, DDS, was placed on administrative leave in April while LSU investigates allegations that it suppressed sexual harassment complaints from students and disciplined teachers who gave student support.
Several media outlets reported that four employee complaints (two from doctors) were filed on April 12 at the EEOC. The complaints, which are not available to the public, allege that a former administrator improperly touched 16 medical students and spoke to them inappropriately.
At a news conference Wednesday, the four-woman attorney, Allison A. Jones, said it’s no surprise that other complaints have been made about the medical school. The lawyer dit.
“I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to misconduct at LSU Medical School in Shreveport,” he said. “For some reason, there is a reluctance to do what needs to be done, and that is to clean up the house and permanently change the current leadership of LSU Medical School in Shreveport so that the culture becomes one that promotes equity. and gender diversity and be conducive to its mission to teach, heal and discover. “
The lawyer said Ghali did not respond to the comment on Wednesday, but denied the allegations.
He Louisiana Daily News he says the allegations also include that the head of admissions required students to write book reports on pornographic stories. The two accused administrators announced their withdrawal shortly after the allegations surfaced, according to the same report.
He Associated press he also described allegations of retaliation for teachers who sided with students.
According to the AP, “[T]The allegations allege that two teachers were denied promotion and a third was demoted and became the target of an official investigation because they supported the students. “
In a complaint, LSU Health Shreveport Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Affairs Christi Rinaudo, EdD, said: “I have witnessed and been informed of numerous incidents of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation perpetrated by the Dr. Ghali and other senior leadership members with their knowledge and support, ” Louisiana Daily News reported.
Rinaudo did not respond to Medscape’s request for further comment.
LSU interim president Tom Galligan emailed this statement to LSU Health Shreveport employees: “We have been informed of several EEOC complaints against LSU Health Shreveport. In view of this, we believe that the correct is to make Chancellor Ghali on administrative leave a thorough review is carried out ” News of the day reported.