A Chicago woman is suing an ophthalmologist and his practice, alleging acts of extreme gender-based violence and physical aggression in a series of forceful acts.
Alison Bell of Chicago filed a lawsuit June 22 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Brad Anstadt of Buffalo Grove and Tennenbaum & Anstadt, alleging common law battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision.
According to the filing, in early November 2012, Bell was hired by the defendant at Gottlieb Eye Center in Melrose Park as a scribe and assistant, and beginning in the summer 2013 and continuing through winter 2013, the doctor forcibly groped and fondled Bell’s body on many occasions, often in the presence of others and in a darkened exam room. The suit states the defendant fondled Bell’s breasts and buttocks, attempted to force his hand down her pants and underwear, and pressed his erect penis against her back, all without the plaintiff’s consent.
The complaint states the doctor knew or recklessly disregarded the likelihood of his actions causing the plaintiff harm and that Gottlieb was aware of his having touched female employees without their consent.
The plaintiff alleges distress, humiliation, depression and anxiety as a direct and proximate result of Anstadt’s unwelcome advances.
Bell seeks remedy under the Gender Violence Act, including compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Shannon McDonald of McDonald & Kloth in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L0006331.