Ex-Workers Accuse L.I. Doc Of Sexual Harassment
NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — A well-known Long Island doctor has been accused of lewd acts by three of his employees. Now they are suing him for sexual harassment, and they say they have proof.
Dr. Edward Kleiner is a respected family practitioner in Long Beach, an osteopath and owner of Beach and Surf Medical. His SUV signifies that he helps area fire departments, and he works as a detox specialist for a local hospital, reports CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan.
Dr. Kleiner’s office is closed on Mondays, so the explosive papers were served to him at his nearby home, notifying him that he was being sued for the alleged sexual harassment of three female employees.
“Many instances he would touch me, he would grab my butt,” Samantha Romanger said.
“He told me that it’s probably atrophy from lack of sex, and that he would give me the best orgasm of my life,” Shivon Super said.
Shivon Super, Lauren Schlanger and Samantha Romanger say the gender discrimination and sexual harassment went on for two years. All three claim they were subjected to lewd texts seeking sexual relationships, and they say they kept records of the humiliating and vulgar messages.
The women allege that Dr. Kleiner would expose himself regularly, claiming he said it was for fun.
“Out of nowhere, just unzipped his pants,” Romanger said.
They said they needed their jobs, and were afraid to complain to police about his behavior, fearing retaliation. That retaliation, they claim, came with they were fired for their refusal to get involved with a patient’s semen sample and then monitor an artificial insemination procedure, according to court papers.
“There’s no work, we all pay our bills, you know, we stayed as long as we could, until it got unbearable,” Super said.
“He would frequently touch my thighs, and tell me that the same muscles go all the way up,” Schlanger said.
Dr. Kleiner isn’t facing any criminal charges, but attorneys for the three women said they will take their complaints to the Nassau County District Attorney.
Dr. Kleiner had no immediate response on the complaints.