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Former employee sues Lodi Memorial Hospital

Gravenkamp says hospital fired her for reporting harassment

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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 am

A former Lodi Memorial Hospital employee has filed a lawsuit against the hospital, claiming she and several other employees were sexually harassed by a doctor for more than a year, and that she was fired when she revealed the long list of incidents to management.

Kim Gravenkamp, a former administrative assistant who worked at LMH for nearly 11 years before being fired in April, filed the lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court claiming that Dr. Keith Rosing, the emergency room medical director, was responsible for multiple incidents of sexual harassment beginning in 2012.

According to the complaint filed last month, Gravenkamp accuses the doctor and Lodi Memorial Hospital of numerous violations, including patient safety whistleblowing, defamation, sexual harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination and more.

LMH spokeswoman Carol Farron declined to comment on the lawsuit.

“This is a legal matter, and as a result Lodi Health cannot comment,” she said via email.

According to LMH, Rosing is no longer employed by the hospital. The Lodi News-Sentinel could not contact Rosing on Monday.

Gravenkamp accuses Rosing of several acts of lewd behavior, including inappropriate contact and comments involving female employees, according to the lawsuit.

In March, Gravenkamp complained to hospital management about Rosing’s alleged behavior and voiced concerns about “whether patients might be similarly harassed if the hospital failed to take appropriate disciplinary measures against him,” according to a statement from Gravenkamp’s attorneys, Lawrance Bohm and Erik Roper.

Less than a month later, Gravenkamp claims, the hospital retaliated by firing her.

According to the lawsuit, LMH fired Gravenkamp for violating the hospital’s confidentiality policy. LMH later denied Gravenkamp’s request to receive unemployment benefits.

Gravenkamp filed an appeal with California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, which overturned LMH’s decision, noting that Gravenkamp didn’t violate the hospital’s confidentiality agreement.

According to Roper, an investigation “has just begun,” and he believes additional alleged victims could potentially surface.

“It is one of the concerns underlying this case,” Roper said. “(Gravenkamp) filed a lawsuit in the first place not only to compensate herself for what she endured, but to protect any future potential victims from this type of behavior by doctors at the hospital.”

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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