Authored By: Stephen W. Lyman
Complaints of harassment don’t always result in liability for an employer. Here’s a case in point.
A Syrian born Muslim physician employed at Stroger Hospital in Cook County wrote letters and lodged formal complaints over the years about his treatment by a female coworker who was also a physician in the same department. The physician complained of the “friction that exists” between him and his coworker, her “domineering attitude,” her “creating a private practice atmosphere” and her “overflowing her clinic with patients.” Later he wrote another letter stating that he had been “discriminated against,” “disrespected,” and that she “created an atmosphere of confusion and chaos.” Another letter then asserted that the conduct of the department head in failing to prevent the harassment was a form of “favoritism, harassment and feeling of grandiosity.” Ultimately he wrote a letter to the president of the medical staff complaining of “frank discrimination” by his coworker and the department head. (more…)