The EEOC has filed a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Smile Brands of Texas, L.P., formerly known as Bright Now! Dental Association, L.P., doing business as Monarch Dental Associates, L.P. which operates a dental clinic in Burleson, Texas. The EEOC has alleged that lead dentist David Mikitka subjected two female employees to a sexually hostile work environment.
In its lawsuit, the EEOC charges that Mikitka began subjecting dental hygienist Deanna Chaney and dental assistant Jan Pawelek to unwanted sexual conduct shortly after they started working in Monarch Dental’s Burleson office. The EEOC says that Mikitka’s harassment of Pawelek included unwanted sexual comments to her, touching her in a sexual manner, and making sexual comments about female patients in her presence. According to the EEOC, Pawelek repeatedly told the dentist to stop his unwanted sexual behavior but he ignored her multiple requests. The EEOC further contends that Pawelek complained to management about the harassment, but that Monarch Dental failed to conduct a proper investigation and to administer appropriate discipline.
The EEOC also alleges that Mikitka subjected Chaney to unwelcome sexual conduct, including telling sexual stories, directing unwanted sexual comments to her, touching her in a sexual manner, attempting to kiss her, and making sexual comments about female patients. According to the EEOC, Chaney also complained to management about the behavior, but no appropriate action was taken to ensure that the harassment ended. To date, Mikitka still works as the lead dentist there.