A former employee of Stamford Health Inc., who claims to have been sexually harassed throughout his short seven weeks on the job, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking monetary damages.
Fairfield resident Daniel Cohn claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut that one of his supervisors would subject him to constant unwanted sexual comments and conduct.
The lawsuit, which gives numerous examples of alleged inappropriate comments and actions on the part of that supervisor, says he was subjected to “derogatory comments of a racial, ethnic and sexual nature.”
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As of Wednesday, Stamford Health had not assigned an attorney to the case, and had filed no response to the complaint.
Cohn worked for Stamford Health, which bills itself as “a physician-led, professionally managed and quality-driven multi-specialty practice with more than 30 offices in lower Fairfield County,” from Jan. 15 to March 5, 2018.
Cohn, who is alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was hired as a clinical contracts administrator. His supervisor was the executive director of the materials management department.
Cohn alleges in his lawsuit that the supervisor would often make inappropriate comments in front of him and an immediate supervisor. He alleged that neither his supervisor nor the Human Resources Department did anything to stop the misbehavior.
From the beginning of his employment, Cohn “was subjected to unwelcomed advances and comments of an overt sexual nature by his supervisor,” the lawsuit says.
The suit says the supervisor wanted to drink alone with Cohn and ride alone with him in his car. On Feb. 27, 2018, the lawsuit says, the supervisor told Cohn he had “impure thoughts” about him and “missed looking at him.”
In addition, the suit alleges, that same supervisor would “at least several times a week make noises at the plaintiff by pursing his lips in a sexually demeaning manner and telling the plaintiff that his actions were meant to convey his feelings about the plaintiff.”
The lawsuit, which says the supervisor also made crude comments about women in the office, said Cohn “was emotionally traumatized by [the] advances, physical touching and commentary.”
Thomas Bucci, Cohn’s attorney, said Wednesday that his client quit “because he just could not work under those conditions any longer. He is a professional.”
“It was grueling for him to come into work everyday to this hostile individual,” said Bucci, a partner and founding member with Bridgeport’s Willinger, Willinger & Bucci. “It gets to you, especially if you are a new employee starting in the job.”
Neither supervisor currently works for Stamford Health.
Stamford Health told the Connecticut Law Tribune Wednesday that they do not comment on pending litigation.
Bucci declined to specify how much he was seeking for Cohn, but the lawsuit seeks front pay, compensatory damages and attorney fees.
The case is scheduled to be heard in front of Judge Vanessa Bryant.