September 15, 2014

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Suit alleges doctor groped employee

 Woman is second in week to claim Elyria physician sexually harassed her

ELYRIA — Two women have filed separate sexual harassment lawsuits against the same Elyria doctor, whom they’ve accused of touching their breasts.
Elyria police also have talked to the women about their allegations against Dr. Somnath Roy, said Jim Walther, an attorney for one of the women.
Roy has denied any wrongdoing.
“These are false allegations just to make money,” he said. “We’ll fight this.”
Walther said his client worked for Roy for two days earlier this year, at which time Roy fondled her while demonstrating a breast exam that he said she would be assisting with as part of her duties. He also allegedly told her that she had small breasts and asked if that ran in her family.
Roy also blocked the door, preventing the woman, whose name was not included in the lawsuit, from leaving and then hugged her as she went past him, Walther said.
On the woman’s second day, he told the woman that she needed to wear a padded bra so she would “look bigger,” said the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in county Common Pleas Court and asks for more than $1 million in damages.
Walther said his client didn’t return for a third day of work at Roy’s office.
The other woman sued Roy earlier this week, asking for more than $1.5 million. According to her lawsuit, she interviewed with Roy on March 29 — just days before the other woman started working there — and during the interview Roy insisted on examining her breast and then fondled her. He also asked her to pull her pants down, the lawsuit said.
The other woman’s attorney did not return calls seeking comment, but Walther said Roy abused his position of authority over his client.
“I think the whole thing is a guise for his own sexual gratification,” he said.
Roy’s attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said police have interviewed his client, but no charges have been filed.
Walther said he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Roy had harassed other women and urged any other victims to contact Elyria police.
Elyria police did not return a call seeking comment.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.