Updated: September 07, 2020 02:41 PM
Created: September 07, 2020 02:22 PM
(ABC 6 News) – In an effort to demonstrate commitment and transparency in the face of the #MeToo movement, Mayo Clinic reviewed all sexual harassment complaints and investigations from September 2017 to September 2019, according to the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Mayo Clinic said that within a two-year review, 153 allegations of sexual assault were received and investigated and 88 of those were substantiated. Of the 88 cases where individuals were found to have engaged in conduct that violated Mayo Clinic policies, 59 involved staff who were not physicians or scientists; 22 involved physicians or scientists; and seven involved patients, visitors, contractors or vendors.
"Mayo Clinic has developed a rigorous approach to effectively and consistently address all allegations of harassment," says Charanjit Rihal, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and chair of the Personnel Committee, which oversees physician and scientist employment issues. "As did many other institutions, Mayo Clinic experienced an increase in sexual harassment allegations in late 2017 and early 2018, and the article reviews how these complaints were handled and whether the process aligned with institutional policies."
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