Former health center CEO Dan Reiner denies sexual harassment claims

2014-06-10T08:00:00Z Former health center CEO Dan Reiner denies sexual harassment claimsBy LILLIAN SCHROCK Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

CASPER, Wyo. — Former Community Health Center chief executive officer Dan Reiner has denied making inappropriate sexual comments and actions toward former employees of the facility, recently filed court documents show.

The documents, released Friday, are Reiner’s first public legal response to sexual harassment allegations made by two women who worked under him while he served as CEO at the Casper health center.

Tammy Radden and Allyson Warren filed a federal civil suit against the nonprofit center and CEO Dan Reiner on Jan. 31.

The complaint alleges that between November 2010 and February 2012, Reiner made inappropriate sexual comments to both women while they worked in the administration department, inappropriately touched Warren and retaliated against both women when they filed an internal complaint.

The center’s board of directors unanimously decided to fire Reiner in October 2012, although Reiner maintained he resigned.

Reiner was hired by a Leadville, Colorado, hospital a few months later, but the hospital rescinded its offer after receiving angry phone calls and letters from people in Casper.

According to the lawsuit, Warren was hired in November 2010 as a data entry assistant and promoted twice within a year. She resigned in February 2012.

The complaint accuses Reiner of making inappropriate comments to Warren, as well as stroking her back, hair and palm at different times during her employment, sometimes in front of other workers. Reiner denied all of these claims, court documents show.

Radden was hired in October 2011 in payroll. She was promoted twice in the next month. She resigned in February 2012.

Shortly after being hired by the center, Radden drove to an out-of-town meeting with Reiner, according to the complaint. Reiner allegedly asked her to share a hotel room with him and the next day asked if “her breasts were real,” claims that Reiner has denied.

The lawsuit alleges that in December 2011, Radden approached Warren and told her she and two other female workers were also being harassed.

Warren filed a sex-based harassment complaint against Reiner on Jan. 5, 2012.

Radden and Warren allege the board of directors “failed to conduct a thorough investigation,” a claim that Reiner and the center deny. According to the lawsuit, Reiner began meeting with a human resources manager in order to find a cause to terminate Warren and Radden.

The lawsuit also alleges a clinic manager helped Reiner access confidential medical records of both Radden and another female. It also claims Reiner issued a directive to have new locks installed at Warren’s office, preventing her access. Reiner and the center deny all of these claims.

Attorneys on both sides didn’t respond Monday to phone calls seeking comment.

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