Lenard Leeds, nationally recognized employment law attorney and senior partner at Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C., appeared on CNN yesterday representing clients Lauren Schlanger, Samantha Romanger, Shivon Super, with regard to their pending lawsuit against Doctor Edward Kleiner.

Schlanger, Romanger and Super were employees of Dr. Kleiner at Beach and Surf Medical in Long Beach, New York.  Over the course of their three year employment, they allege that Dr. Kleiner subjected them to almost constant sexual harassment in the workplace and all three women lived in fear that reporting the abuse would lead to the termination of their employment.

The shocking allegations include Dr. Kleiner inappropriately touching his female employees, exposing himself to them, and sending lewd pictures and text messages requesting sexual favors.  The final incident occurred recently when Dr. Kleiner, who is an osteopath, ordered a couple to engage in sexual activity in a closed room at the office to obtain semen for artificial insemination.  Dr. Kleiner ordered Schlanger, Romanger, and Super to enter the exam room and witness the insemination.  When they refused to do so, Dr. Kleiner fired all three women.  Full interview: cnn.com.

When asked for comment regarding the interview, Jeffrey K. Brown, Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.’s managing partner, stated: “Our firm has hundreds of sexual harassment cases over the last ten years, and the alleged actions of Dr. Kleiner are among the most disgusting and appalling that I have encountered.”  Mr. Brown further added “We have strong evidence supporting the claims of our clients in this matter and are confident that a jury will assess appropriate damages against the perpetrator.”

The law protects individuals from workplace harassment.  Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).  Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.  Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.  Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.  For more information: EEOC Website

Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC is a nationally recognized firm in the area of employment law.  Our firm has had considerable success in matters of employment discrimination throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.