LSU Health Shreveport employee placed on leave following EEOC complaint against Dr. Ghali
LSU Health Shreveport issues statement saying it has no comment on the attorney’s news release
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — One of the women who recently filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against Dr. G.E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, has since been placed on administrative leave purportedly after formal complaints were filed against her, according to attorney Allison Jones.
Jones is representing four women who accuse Ghali of gender discrimination, harassment and unequal treatment.
“After our press conference last week, where my clients and I spoke out about the egregiously sexist and unjust working conditions perpetrated by Dr. Ghali, unnamed medical residents made dubious complaints against my client, Dr. Jennifer Woerner. She is being unfairly targeted in a malicious and retaliatory move that we believe was orchestrated by Dr. Ghali because of her brave involvement in the protected activity of whistleblowing and opposing discrimination both for herself and for protected learners.”
In the news release, the timing of the complaints against Woerner is being called into question by Jones due to the timing after she spoke out against Ghali.
In response, LSU Health Shreveport released the following statement:
“LSU Health Shreveport is in possession of the press release from Downer Jones, Marino, and Wilhite which references employees of LSU Health Shreveport. The institution offers no comment to the personnel matters referenced in the release.”
Below is the full release from the law firm:
Even as Ghali is on administrative leave from the position of chancellor, he still has access to medical students, residents and other learners through clinical rotations and other hospital duties. He also still is being compensated.
The law firm’s news release claims that this allows him the opportunity to influence residents to file complaints against other doctors who have made complaints against him. The news release goes on to claim that the other women who have made formal complaints against Ghali are continuing to work in a stressful and “uncertain environment.”
The news release also claims they fear retaliation.
“We are calling on the LSU System to do the right thing and immediately remove Dr. Ghali from his active positions with students, residents and fellows as his continued presence creates a coercive and pernicious influence on everyone, especially protected learners,” Jones says in the news release. “The learners are being unfairly subjected to the power differential he possesses to impact their academic progression and future careers.”
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