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Former Billings Clinic employee claims sexual harassment

June 7, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Billings Clinic employee has filed a federal complaint against the health care organization, alleging she was sexually harassed by the recently fired CEO, The Billings Gazette reported Friday.

The woman claims Dr. Randall K. Gibb, a gynecological oncology surgeon, sexually harassed her and made crude sexual remarks on a nearly daily basis. She said she suffered anxiety and panic attacks that led her to take medical leave. When she complained to administrators, she says she was demoted.

In speaking with the Gazette , the woman requested anonymity, and the newspaper does not usually name those who claim they were victims of sexual harassment. The Gazette has verified her identity and confirmed the complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regional office in Seattle.

Billings Clinic issued a statement Thursday saying hospital officials acted appropriately as soon as they learned of the complaint. After an independent investigation, Gibb was fired in May, but hospital officials did not say why.

The woman said she worked as an assistant to Gibb when he was the hospital’s chief medical officer beginning in 2014 and later when he was acting CEO in 2016. She said that when he was named CEO in 2017, the harassing comments and behavior became more overt and frequent.

Gibb’s attorney, John Crist, says the woman’s accusations are “inaccurate and misleading.”

The EEOC complaint names four senior managers who witnessed and heard the remarks, and the woman said they did nothing to stop the harassment.

A clinic official told the newspaper that the woman may not be aware of other complaints brought by leaders who were part of the investigation.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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