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Chiropractor accused of harassment

A former assistant claims in a lawsuit that he made sexual remarks and fired her in favor of someone younger. He denies the accusations.

By CHRISTOPHER GOFFARD

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 25, 2000


PORT RICHEY -- A former assistant at a chiropractor's office claims she was sexually harassed and wrongfully fired by a boss who preferred a younger woman, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Court.

Jennifer June Glantz, 48, worked as a certified chiropractor's assistant for the Embassy Boulevard offices of Chiro-Med, a Georgia corporation, from October 1998 to July 1999, helping it to become one of the top-performing offices in the state, the suit claims.

During that period, in the search for an office assistant, clinical director Dr. Richard D. Thomas disregarded qualified applicants and instead hired a 19-year-old waitress because of "the short skirts she wears," the suit claims.

In the suit, Glantz alleges Thomas made sexually suggestive remarks to her, despite her attempts to rebuff him, and gave preferential treatment to the new employee because of her age and "suggestive attire." When Glantz complained, the suit says, she was fired and replaced with a 20-year-old woman who lacked prior office or medical experience.

Reached by phone Monday, Thomas adamantly denied the allegations, calling them "totally false," a "total joke," and a "fantasy tale."

He said he fired Glantz because she walked out of the office while it was full of patients, leaving him to cope with them.

"She was an incompetent employee," he said. "I've been a chiropractor for 21 years. I've never had a charge like this brought against me."

Thomas, 51, said he plans to file a counter-suit because Glantz has smeared his name.

"I'd be glad to sit down with her any day of the week with a polygraph," he said.


-- Staff writer Christopher Goffard covers courts in west Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6236 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6236. His e-mail address is goffard@sptimes.com.

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