Male Nurse Claims He Was Told “If You’re A Nurse You Must Be Gay”
Ralph Oberdorf, a licensed practical nurse from Williamsport, Pa. has filed suit against his former employer claiming that he was subjected to gender discrimination during his two year employment.
Oberdorf filed paperwork Tuesday pertaining to the suit against Consulate Management Co. of Maitland, Fla., and Manor at Penn Village in Selinsgrove. He says that before he was wrongfully terminated, he was treated very different than his female coworkers; by being subjected to rude behavior and being disciplined for things that his female counterparts were not. He was also spoken to in a condescending manner. At one point, he says he was told that if he was a nurse, he must be gay.
He claims that he reported the misconduct on several occasions to management but says that there was never any investigation and nothing was done to resolve the issues.
However, later his last discrimination complaint, he was terminated. Oberdorf has advised that he will be changing the lawsuit to involve alleged violations of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
He is requesting a court order which would mandate the defendants to implement a work policy to avoid discrimination in the future and he is seeking compensatory and punitive damages of an unspecified dollar amount.
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