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EEOC puts the bite on Burleson dental office

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The EEOC has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming that a Burleson dentist subjected two employees to unwanted sexual conduct and a sexually hostile work environment.

David Mikitka is the lead dentist at the practice, known as Smile Brands of Texas. According to the lawsuit, Mikitka began subjecting hygienist Deanna Chaney and dental assistant Jan Pawelek to unwanted sexual conduct shortly after they began working at the practice’s Burleson office. They accuse Mikitka of making unwanted sexual comments, touching them in a sexual manner and making sexual comments about female patients in their presence. Chaney says Mikitka also attempted to kiss her.

Pawelek allegedly told Mikitka to stop his behavior to no avail. According to the suit, both Pawelek and Chaney complained to management about the conduct, but the practice failed to conduct a proper investigation or administer appropriate discipline against Mikitka, who continues to work there.

The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, after investigating the case and attempting to reach a voluntary settlement out of court. The agency is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.

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