A former medical assistant at Lehigh College who claimed she was wrongfully fired now seeks $1.7 million in her lawsuit, in keeping with court docket papers filed Thursday.
Christine Feit sued Lehigh College in Could in federal court docket. She says she was fired for flagging inappropriate conduct on the a part of Dr. Thomas Novak, the interim director of the coed well being middle.
She claims Novak routinely made inappropriate sexual remarks about college students and employees members, tried to carry out pelvic exams with out gloves, and as soon as agreed with a nursing supervisor’s characterization that he was “copping a really feel” with college students.
An independent investigation by the Elliott Greenleaf legislation agency discovered no proof to assist her claims, in keeping with the college. The investigation consisted of intensive interviews and a assessment of Lehigh’s Well being & Wellness Heart data, in keeping with an electronic mail despatched to college students and employees in September.
A follow-up message to the campus neighborhood despatched in mid-October says “there was no proof of any conduct that endangered college students, violated affected person examination and affected person care insurance policies, or didn’t comport with the Well being and Wellness Heart’s normal of care.”
Nevertheless, the October message says the office atmosphere within the well being middle “was inconsistent with college values and with skilled expectations.”
“With the conclusion of this investigation and the transition to new management of the middle, the college accepted Dr. Novak’s resignation from the college,” the October message says.
The college filed a movement to dismiss Feit’s lawsuit.
“The previous worker’s declare of wrongful termination has no benefit, given her documented scientific errors. The college will set up that the plaintiff’s factual allegations and authorized claims are with out benefit,” Lehigh College spokeswoman Lori Friedman mentioned.
A convention to debate the movement to dismiss is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. eight, earlier than U.S. District Court docket Choose Joshua D. Wolson.
The $1.7 million for Feit would cowl misplaced wages, bills created in establishing new employment, advantages, out-of-pocket bills, lawyer’s charges and prices and emotional misery, in keeping with the court docket submitting.