Wichita Dentist Facing Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Lawsuit

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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UPDATE: Monday, August 6, 2012

A Wichita dentist is accused of racially and sexually offensive behavior.

A civil lawsuit filed in federal court by two female former employees includes allegations that Dr. David Brown watched pornography in front of sedated patients at Children's Dentistry of Wichita.

Lawyers from both sides refer to the allegations as "serious."

In the lawsuit, Ruby Anderson and Kasmira Smith say Dr. David Brown's misconduct made it impossible for them to continue working at Children's Dentistry.

Both women left their jobs in October of 2011. Anderson began working there in November 2008 while Smith began working there in October 2007, according to the lawsuit.

Smith, who is Caucasian, and Anderson, who is African-American, say they witnessed Dr. Brown "perform procedures on Hispanic and African-American children with what appeared to be inadequate anesthesia."

But Anderson states in the lawsuit that Dr. Brown didn't just place patients in uncomfortable situations, much of his alleged misconduct was directed at her and other female employees.

She says that included Dr. Brown offering to pay her to sleep with a co-worker, making offensive and racist comments toward her, and seeing him "pull down the front of his scrub pants revealing himself to Ms. Anderson's co-worker with whom he was in a relationship."

In the lawsuit, the women say they told Dr. Brown to stop the behavior and Anderson says she complained to Dr. Matthew Healy. She says Dr. Healy along with Dr. Stephen Moore knew about the alleged misconduct.

At one point Anderson says she heard "... Dr. Moore tell Dr. Brown that he was jeopardizing the practice by engaging in his inappropriate sexual behavior."

Dr. Moore, Dr. Healy, and Children's Dentistry of Wichita are all also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Ross Hollander, the attorney representing Dr. Moore, Dr. Healy and the clinic says there is no evidence the women ever utilized the established office procedure to make a complaint.

"These ladies were there a combined total of 10 or 11 years, not once, not once, was that complaint made to anyone in the practice or anyone outside the practice," Hollander said.

Hollander says the allegations of misconduct, especially those involving minority patients, are absolutely untrue. He says that will be clear as proceedings move forward.

"When we actually get the case to trial there's going to be a completely different light thrown on what happened, how it happened, who was involved, and what they did," Hollander said.

Dr. Brown was not able to be reached for comment. He still works for the clinic but has not hired an attorney, Hollander said.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A lawsuit has been filed against a Wichita children's dentist accusing him of creating a hostile work environment through discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.

The case against Children's Dentistry of Wichita was filed July 18 in federal court. Two former employees accuse one dentist, David Brown, of inappropriate behavior and say the other two dentists, Matthew Healy and Stephen Moore, allowed the behavior to continue.

Ruby Anderson, who is African-American, and Kasmira Smith, who is white, worked at the facility as dental assistants. They accuse Brown of engaging in sexually offensive and racially harassing behavior towards patients and themselves.

The plaintiffs accuse Brown of frequent verbal sexual harassment. They say he repeatedly asked them questions of a sexual nature and made numerous inappropriate statements regarding sex. Anderson says Brown repeatedly made racially offensive comments about her appearance and behavior.

They say Brown watched pornographic videos in front of child patients while they were sedated and kept photos of naked women in his office. They say Brown gave Hispanic and African-American children what appeared to be inadequate anesthesia and would ridicule them and call them names if they complained about the pain.

The plaintiffs say Brown had sexual relationships with other female employees and would pull down his pants in front of them. They say he would lock himself in his office with those employees where they say it was obvious they engaged in sexual behavior.

Anderson says she heard another dentist, Dr. Moore, tell Brown that he was jeopardizing the practice by engaging in his inappropriate sexual behavior.

In a recorded conversation, court documents show Brown told Smith that if she filed a sexual harassment complaint against him she would lose her job. She later accepted another job for lesser pay.

Anderson says she quit her job with Children's Dentistry of Wichita due to health problems she was suffering from what she calls overwhelming and intolerable harassment.

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