Judge clears former DOC medical director
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A District Court judge has found that the former statewide medical director for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Dr. Raman Singh, did not harass a female employee.
”The Court hearby decrees that Dr. Raman Singh is neither factually nor legally guilty of sexual harrassment,” said 19th Judicial District Chief Judge Wilson E. Fields in ending the civil case.
The Department of Corrections has agreed to pay Singh $50,000 to settle the matter.
Singh was fired in 2017 after corrections officials claimed he sexually harrassed a department employee during a conference held at a casino in Lake Charles by putting his arm around her.
The woman who accused him still works for the department.
Singh later recorded a phone call between himself and DOC undersecretary Thomas Bickham in which Bickham offered to let Singh resign and “have all this stuff go away.” In the same phone call, Bickham told the doctor there would be no record of the alleged incident in the doctor’s personnel file and said Singh could even use his name as a reference when looking for a new job.
Singh, who has always maintained his innocence, later filed a lawsuit against the department.
“Someone has to pay a price for this,” Signh said. “Shame on me had I run off. I would have lost the battle. They have unlimited resources but shame on me if I did not at least stand up for the truth knowing I had not done it.”
Sighn said he was targeted by the Department and now wants policy changes to make sure more employees are not victimized.
“They are using serious allegations to get rid of people,” he said. “It’s a slap in the face of real victims of sexual harassment. It’s a true slap in their faces and I feel sad about it.”
DOC issued the following statement to WAFB about the case on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 30:
“Raman Singh filed a meritless lawsuit against the Department after his employment was terminated in late 2017. The Department continues to reject any suggestion that it defamed Dr. Singh either during his employment or after. The Department is pleased that Dr. Singh has agreed to dismiss his remaining claims, with prejudice, in light of the Department’s stipulating that Dr. Singh had not engaged in conduct rising to the level of “sexual harassment.” That is a legal term with a specific definition. In the end, the Department was happy to resolve this case for a fraction of what Dr. Singh sought to recover in court so that the Department could return its focus to its core mission.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections investigators recently participated in a 40 hour American Correctional Association investigation training for DOC investigators. In addition, the Department has also updated its protocol to include a secondary review quarterly at headquarters for all sexual harassment complaints and investigations filed within the Department.”
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