Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dr. Haddad Resigns With More Than $800,000 Severance Package

Dr. Perv and his enabler

Gee, I'm filled with pity, he gets 10 months of his over $1,000,000 annual compensation as he slinks out the door.

WaPo: Mass. Roman Catholic Hospital Chief Quits

Boston Globe: Chief of Caritas forced out
Haddad quits after board votes for firing

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and the leadership of the region's Catholic health care system early this morning forced the resignation of the hospitals' president, Dr. Robert M. Haddad, over allegations that he had sexually harassed several women.
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At around 1:30 a.m., after a five-hour meeting of the hospital's board of governors, the archdiocese said that Haddad had resigned from the positions of president and chief executive of Caritas Christi Health Care System.

The archdiocese said that the hospital's board had voted to fire Haddad but offered him ten month's of salary and benefits if he resigned instead. His compensation is believed to be worth more than $1 million a year.

The Globe offers a weaselly article in the Business section claiming sexual harassment is filled with ambiguity. They quote several employment lawyers, all of whom are defense lawyers. This is the equivalent of writing an article on environmental laws while quoting the attorneys for Dupont, Dow Chemical and Halliburton.

This article on the ambiguity of sexual harassing behavior is written as the sidebar to a case in which a man is accused of sexually harassing at least 14 women and perhaps more. The harassment consisted of offensive and unwanted touching including hugging, rubbing them on the back, and kissing on the lips (ewwww); sexual innuendoes, calling them at home late at night, and asking them about their sex lives. There's nothing ambiguous about Haddad's behavior. That's why the attorneys who investigated the case for the Diocese, Drinan and Musiker (the former head the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination) believed he should have been fired when they knew about 4 complaining women. Now there are 14+. A completely unambiguous story. Gray areas, my ass.

Gray areas complicate sexual harassment cases

I prefer the Herald's take:

Margery Eagen, Boston Herald: Church still coddles creeps (subscription wall)

Now for the archdiocese’s latest cross to bear: the alleged winking, leering, back-rubbing, body hugging and mouth kissing workplace sexual harasser, Dr. Robert Haddad, the million-dollar man who has run the Catholic Caritas Christi Health Care system.

Will these deviants never go away?

Previous posts: Dr. Haddad Getting The Hook (May 24, 2006)

The Catholic Church Never Learns (May 23, 2006)

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