Teen sues West Virginia doctor and hospital for sexual harassment

West Virginia

BECKLEY, WV (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and her father have sued Appalachian Regional Healthcare, saying that the girl and at least 20 others were sexually harassed by a physician in West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports the lawsuit was filed on Monday, August 19, 2019 against Dr. Zouhair Kabbara and the Kentucky-based network that owns Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, where the father and teen volunteered.

The lawsuit says Kabbara sexually harassed the teen several times and at one point pressed his genitalia against her buttocks. The lawsuit says when the father and daughter alerted officials, they were barred from the volunteer program.

The lawsuit says the hospital knew about multiple harassment allegations but did nothing about it.

ARH spokeswoman Melissa Cornett said Kabbara no longer is an ARH employee. The company declined to comment further on the lawsuit.

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