CHC supervisors hit with sexual harassment lawsuits
August 28, 2014
Sexual harassment lawsuits against Community Health Center (CHC) appear to be piling up. During the past year, two receptionists filed suits against their CHC supervisors.
Office Manager Frank Perez is accused of having problems keeping his hands and lewd comments to himself, according to the complaint.
In February, Emily Villegas filed a suit against CHC and Perez that says almost immediately after he was hired in Sept. 2012, Perez began grabbing her and making sexual comments, according to the lawsuit. Even though Villegas objected to the behavior, she says it continued.
In June, Patricia Allen-Andrade filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against CHC and her former supervisor, Lorincio “Larry” Bacus. Bacus had been on probation until 2009 regarding an embezzlement against another medical group he plead no contest to.
According to the Allen-Andrade lawsuit, Bacus touched her around the neck and shoulder area and said he would make her life easy if she would not talk about his behavior. Even though she says she objected, Bacus continued his attempts and asked her to be “his girl,” the suit says.
Each woman took a leave of absence, was subsequently fired from their job and then filed a lawsuit.
Through their Fresno based attorney, CHC denied the allegations and contends that any injuries or damages incurred by the women were because of their own negligence and/or conduct.
CHC is a network of 26 nonprofit community health centers offering comprehensive health care in the Central Coast area.
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