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UC system harassment allegations at medical facilities

Many a California resident has sought medical treatment at one of the five centers operated by the University of California system. These medical centers and hospitals should be among the finest with their research facilities and educational staff. What makes a hospital fine, however, should extend to the environment in which its employees work. Sadly, the UC medical centers appear to be having a problem with this.

Roughly 113 allegations of harassment have recently been made against the University of California. Of these, it is reported that 40 involve the various hospitals or medical centers that are part of the educational system. These allegations stem from actions said to happen between January 2013 and April 2016. One of the challenges said to be involved is the fact that the hospitals are under different leadership than the universities themselves. This may increase the difficulty in getting a consistent level of transparency and environment instilled in all of the locations.

Unwanted touching or even sexually related comments are part of the allegations. They involve nursing staff, doctors and other colleagues but no students. Nine of the sexual misconduct allegations are related to the Sacramento facility connected with the University of California Davis campus.

Employees who experience a harassing or otherwise hostile work environment may find it helpful to talk with an attorney. This may shed light on how to best take action to protect one's rights without being exposed to further problems such as retaliation.

Source: KQED, "Sexual Harassment, Misconduct Also Plague UC Medical Centers," Ana Tintocalis, March 6, 2017

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