Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer, who is being widely criticized in the news media and on social media platforms for killing a famed lion named Cecil during a recent hunting trip in Zimbabwe, was accused of sexual harassment in 2005 by a female former receptionist.
Palmer’s insurance company agreed to pay $127,500 to the employee to settle her sexual harassment complaint in December 2006. Palmer, who is the owner of River Bluff Dental in Bloomington, MN, did not admit any wrongdoing in the sexual harassment complaint settlement.
The employee, who worked for Dr. Walter Palmer from July 1999 to January 2005, complained to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that she was “subjected to ongoing and unwelcome sexual harassment by [Palmer] including, but not limited to, verbal comments and physical conduct involving her breasts, buttocks, and genitalia.”
The employee claims that she “informed [Palmer] and her supervisor that she wanted [Palmer’s] behavior to stop, but [Palmer] failed to cease his harassing conduct.”
The employee claims that Palmer fired her in retaliation for complaining about Palmer’s alleged sexual harassment.