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Monterey Park hospital to settle federal sexual harassment suit

November 16, 2011 | 10:18 pm

Photo: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park. Credit: Los Angeles Times Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park will pay $530,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency said Wednesday.

"The hospital allowed a male emergency room admitting representative to harass a class of female employees by subjecting them to inappropriate touching, propositions for sex, graphic discussions of  sexual activities, obscene pictures and comments regarding female body parts, including those of underage patients," the agency said in a statement.

The hospital ignored worker complaints about the alleged harassment, which began in 2007, and fired an employee who lodged a complaint, the agency said in statement. Other employees quit because they were unable to bear the hostile environment.

As part of the settlement, the hospital entered into a consent decree that sets aside money for victims and provides for training and tracking of complaints, among other measures. The agency filed the lawsuit in August 2010.


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Photo: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park. Credit: Los Angeles Times