Head of Mass. Catholic Hospital System Forced to Resign for Sexual Harassment
Robert Haddad, MD, the head of the Massachusetts Catholic hospital system Caritas, has been forced to resign after allegations surfaced that he has sexually harassed more than 14 women. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley had at first decided to only privately reprimand Dr. Haddad after four women employees accused Haddad of sexual harassment, despite the recommendation of Helen Drinan, Caritas’ senior vice president for human resources, that Haddad be fired, according to the Boston Globe. After a Globe story brought more than ten additional women forward with sexual harassment allegations, O’Malley called an emergency meeting of the hospital board last night. The board voted to fire Haddad, but gave him the option of resigning and receiving ten months of salary and benefits, believed to be worth approximately $830,000, according to the Globe.
The women have accused Haddad of inappropriately touching, hugging, and kissing them, which Haddad claims is part of his Lebanese heritage, according to the Globe.
Media Resources: Boston Globe 5/25/06, 5/22/06; Associated Press 5/25/06
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .