May 22, 2006

New allegations of harassment against Caritas hospital chief

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BOSTON - The head of eastern Massachusetts' Roman Catholic hospital system faced new allegations of sexual harassment Monday after he was reprimanded but not fired by the Archdiocese of Boston amid reports of unwanted hugging and kissing of female employees - complaints he says are rooted in cultural misunderstanding.

In response, Cardinal Sean O'Malley asked the governing board of Caritas Christi Health Care to meet again Wednesday to reconsider its response to the allegations against Dr. Robert M. Haddad, president and chief executive of the network of six hospitals and 12,000 employees.

In a statement, the archdiocese said, "New complaints of misconduct involving Dr. Robert Haddad have been received and are being investigated."

Haddad, who is of Lebanese descent, said Monday a cultural misunderstanding was at issue.

Posted by kshaw at May 22, 2006 08:32 PM