Nurse ‘forced to work in psych ward after rejecting boss’: suit

November 15, 2013

061013HarlemHospitalA former Harlem Hospital nurse is suing the city, saying she was forced to work dangerous solo shifts in the psych ward as punishment for repeatedly rejecting a supervisor’s come-ons.

In 2011, supervisor Michael Ojo relentlessly kissed, hugged and groped head nurse Khadijatu Allie, who was married at the time, and even once told her, “I love the way your buttocks fit in this skirt,” she claims in a suit filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Ojo allegedly threatened to fire Allie if she complained and piled onto her responsibilities working in a 52-bed unit of violent patients alone as well as a night shift putting shirts on sleeping psych ward patients, the suit alleges.

Harlem Hospital, the suit alleges, did not investigate after Allie filed a formal complaint in October 2011. Allie quit her job last March, prompting a barrage of Facebook messages from an apologetic Ojo, the suit says.

“My love no matter the outcome in HR please don’t tell anyone about us. I will make will make up to you, no matter what, because I shouldn’t have gone that far,” Ojo wrote on Sept. 27, according to the suit.

That same day, the suit says, he told Allie on Facebook “your buttocks is shaped like a coke bottom.”

Ojo was suspended without pay four days later and transferred to Lincoln Hospital, according to the suit.

Allie, who is also suing Harlem Hospital and the city Health and Hospitals Corporation, is seeking unspecified damages.

A Harlem Hospital spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.


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