A 22-year-old medical assistant has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation against her 70-year-old former boss, Dr. Henry Balboa.
Katie Chaput claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment by Balboa after asking him for a raise.
On March 1, 2013, Balboa allegedly told Chaput that she would be getting a raise and the doctor invited her out for dinner to discuss how much of a raise she would be receiving.
According to the complaint, at the restaurant, “Balboa began his thinly veiled attempt to garner sexual favors from Ms. Chaput in exchange for receiving a pay raise.” Balboa allegedly put his hand on Chaput’s inner thigh and manipulated his fingers “around her upper leg and towards her genitalia for his own sexual gratification.”
Chaput claims that she objected to Balboa’s sexual advances, asked him to stop, and removed his hand from her inner thigh.
Despite Chaput’s objections, Balboa allegedly made “sexually charged comments about her body” and told Chaput that he was “in love” with her.
According to the complaint, “Dr. Balboa then propositioned her for sex and asked how much it would cost.” Chaput claims that she again objected to Balboa’s sexual harassment but that he responded by forcibly kissing her.
Chaput alleges that, following this incident, Balboa subjected Chaput to a hostile work environment by allegedly screaming and cursing at her in the presence of other employees and patients and by subjecting her to “unnecessary strict scrutiny” and “harsh criticism.”
Chaput claims that she was then fired in retaliation for complaining about the sexual harassment.