Matthew A. Luber and Meghan A. Pazmino represent former Virtua Medical Assistant, Kristen Pawling, in a sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation case pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) against Virtua Hospital and Dr. Robert Singer. As alleged in the Complaint, in addition to sexual harassment, for years Dr. Singer – a 61-year-old, married, Chief of Cardiology at Virtua – relentlessly pursued a sexual relationship with Ms. Pawling – a then 28-year-old, financially strapped,
single mother, and direct subordinate Medical Assistant. According to the complaint, Dr. Singer used his position of power to “foster a quid pro quo sexual relationship in the workplace [where] he often requested sexual favors in exchange for benefits and cash bonuses.” Dr. Singer is alleged to have coerced Ms. Pawling into performing sexual favors during work hours, in his car, and at Virtua facilities. He also allegedly directed Ms. Pawling to book hotel rooms (which he paid for) for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse. The complaint further alleges that, once Ms. Pawling cut off the sexual activity for good, Dr. Singer became jealous, hostile, and vengeful, and he eventually orchestrated Ms. Pawling’s baseless termination after rumors began to swirl of another alleged affair with a current Medical Assistant. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial for the alleged unlawful retaliation in violation of New Jersey law.
“The allegations are deeply troubling and Ms. Pawling has suffered immensely. As alleged in the complaint, for years, Dr. Singer manipulated and coerced a direct subordinate to engage in sexual activity inside and outside of the workplace. Through this lawsuit, our client intends to expose the full scope of misconduct occurring within Virtua’s Cardiology department. We are proud of her for putting an end to, and taking a stand against, such an abuse of power and privilege.” Matthew A. Luber, Esquire and Managing Partner of McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C.
“Ms. Pawling is not alone in this fight. We fully expect that other Virtua employees will come forward and corroborate the troubling misconduct within Virtua’s Cardiology Department. Ms. Pawling looks forward to her day in court.” Meghan A. Pazmino, Esquire of McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C.