DALLAS, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Patty Hahn, a Licensed Vocational Nurse, faced three withering outbursts from her boss during the course of her employment at North DFW Urology Associates in Grapevine. Late Monday, a Dallas County jury found Dr. Scott Davidson liable for his workplace bullying, returning a $1.08 million verdict against the doctor and the clinic for sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and retaliation.
Shortly before the verdict was read, the two sides reached a $440,000 settlement, which cannot be appealed, according to Ms. Hahn's attorney Rogge Dunn. The case is Patricia Hahn v Scott Davidson, MD, et al, in the Dallas County Court at Law No. 5.
"The jury verdict included $348,889 against the doctor individually for bullying. A verdict such as this should serve as a warning and wake up call to bosses everywhere that they cannot scream, demean or otherwise bully their employees," says Mr. Dunn. "This is one of the few verdicts I'm aware of in the country awarding an employee damages against their boss individually for bullying."
Ms. Hahn described a hostile and threatening work environment, testifying that on three occasions Dr. Davidson had screamed at her with his hands raised and fists clenched, "Just shut up. Just shut up, I'm sick of you." On one occasion, he threw punches at her in the air, although he never touched her.
Following company policy, Ms. Hahn reported the behavior to the practice's human resources department. Shortly after filing her complaint, Dr. Davidson called her into an office after business hours and gave her what he described in trial testimony as a "demonstration" of what screaming was to prove that he had not screamed at the nurse.
"This verdict proves that employees are not helpless when they are bullied in the workplace," says Mr. Dunn. "They have the legal right to work in an environment free from bullying, harassment and intimidation. Employees don't have to sit back and endure this type of behavior. They do have options and can fight back."
Mr. Dunn regularly represents executives in complex business and employment disputes. To learn more about Mr. Dunn and his practice, click here: http://www.cdklawyers.com/rogge_dunn.html.
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SOURCE Rogge Dunn