Male Nurse Alleges Sexual Harassment in Markleysburg
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Roy E. Dreshman Jr., 55, of Munhall, Allegheny County, alleges the sexual harassment began two months after he was hired as a nurse at Henry Clay Villa in Markleysburg in 1997. He alleges he was continuously propositioned, referred to as a "pretty boy" and subjected to unsolicited touching until he was terminated in 2008. Dreshman, a former stripper, indicated he told no one of his work as a stripper when he was hired, but it was made public when two co-workers recognized him. After that revelation, employees asked for lap dances, and some employees passed around photos of Dreshman as a dancer.
Dreshman alleged management retaliated against him when he complained, instead of initiating an investigation. The retaliation escalated when he threatened to file the EEOC complaint, ultimately resulting in his termination. Dreshman is seeking back pay, compensation for lost benefits and compensatory damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
"Residents made comments like: 'Oh, my gosh, you are one of them go-go boys,'" wrote Dreshman in the EEOC complaint.