Five women are suing Dr. Vincent Pacienza, claiming the Long Island cardiologist used a camera hidden inside an air freshener to spy on them when they used the office bathroom.
The women—including a fellow cardiologist, a sonographer, a nuclear medicine technologist, a biller and a medical assistant—worked in the practice until June, when one of them found the camera. Plaintiff Deborah Schubert told Newsday she was “devastated, shocked, sick to my stomach about it.”
The lawsuit also claims that Pacienza frequently made inappropriate sexual remarks and encouraged male patients to do the same. The women accuse Pacienza of commenting on employees’ breasts and offering lewd accounts of his dating exploits.
The lawsuit seeks back wages and additional damages for sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
They also pressed criminal charges that led to Pacienza’s arrest for unlawful surveillance. Pacienza has denied the charges.