Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the New York-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor in his obstetric practice. Marissa Hoechstetter is the only named plaintiff in the New York Supreme Court lawsuit against Dr. Robert Hadden, Columbia University and its associated medical facilities. The 12/4/18 complaint (Index number 161335/2018) states “ROBERT HADDEN’s conduct described herein constitutes sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, and constitutes sex discrimination under Title IX.” The court filing describes the experiences of Dr. Hadden’s former patients and delineates seventeen causes of action including:
COMMITTING AND ENABLING INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
COMMITTING AND ENABLING NEGLIGENCE AND PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE
GROSS NEGLIGENCE, WANTON, WILLFUL and RECKLESS CONDUCT
Male obstetricians are in a unique position to sexually abuse women. Dr. Hadden is accused of groping patients, conducting improper exams, and making inappropriate sexual comments. Plaintiffs also allege that “medical chaperones, nurses, supervisors, administrators, doctors and other hospital personnel were aware of the sexual exploitation and abuse being perpetrated by ROBERT HADDEN, dating back to at least the 1990’s, Defendant ‘CORP. ENTITIES’, their TRUSTEES, their medical facilities, offices, clinics, and their agents, servants, and/or employees, actively and deliberately – and inexplicably – concealed ROBERT HADDEN’s sexual abuse for decades.”
In fact, at least one nurse who worked with ROBERT HADDEN in 1992-1993 walked in on ROBERT HADDEN sexually abusing a female patient at defendant COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’s Audubon Clinic. However, when the nurse reported to her supervisor what ROBERT HADDEN was doing, the supervisor’s response was for her to just “keep quiet”, “stay with your doctor”, and “don’t let him get himself in trouble”.
Plaintiffs pray for a jury trial and for judgment against the defendants for injunctive, compensatory and punitive damages.
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