May 23, 2006

Caritas chief faces new accusations

Boston Globe

By Walter V. Robinson and Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff | May 23, 2006

More than 10 women have come forward since Sunday with fresh allegations of sexual harassment by Dr. Robert M. Haddad, the embattled president of the Caritas Christi Health Care System, prompting Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley yesterday to call a new meeting of the Caritas governing board.

The cardinal had privately reprimanded Haddad last week for allegedly sexually harassing four other female employees, and the Caritas board on Thursday endorsed the cardinal's action, despite a recommendation from the system's top human resources official, Helen G. Drinan, that Haddad be fired.

O'Malley set the meeting for tomorrow at 7 p.m., amid evidence that support on the board for Haddad has ebbed sharply since the Globe disclosed on Sunday the reprimand and the initial four cases. Those women complained that Haddad had hugged and kissed them, both in public and in private.

Karen Schwartzman, a spokeswoman for Drinan, the senior vice president for human resources at Caritas, said that after the Globe story, more than 10 additional female employees contacted Drinan to report that they too had experienced sexually-harassing conduct similar to that of the four initial victims. Schwartzman said that Drinan and her aides are interviewing the women.

Posted by kshaw at May 23, 2006 08:38 AM