Fourth woman sues over Oxford House sexual harrassment, abuse

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 12, 2010

CHARLESTON -- There is a fourth lawsuit involving Oxford House, one of its employees and an unknown person or persons in which a woman claimed she was sexually harassed and abused.

Corsia Ramey claims she was sexually harassed and abused while staying in the treatment facility for drug and/or alcohol addiction by Antonio Russell, who worked at Oxford House, according to a complaint filed Dec. 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Ramey claims Oxford House had a duty to her to provide a reasonably safe facility and a duty to properly staff, hire, retain and supervise staff, as well as see that residents were not subjected to sexual abuse, sexual harassment and other such misconduct.

According to the suit, Ramey claims she suffered anxiety; humiliation; annoyance and inconvenience; invasion of privacy; emotional distress; pain and suffering; mental anguish; loss of her ability to enjoy life; future medical and pharmaceutical expenses; and other damages.

Ramey claims Oxford House negligently failed to supervise and properly train Russell; negligently retained his employment; negligently hired him; and negligently failed to intervene on her behalf.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Michael A. Woelfel and Kerry A. Nessel.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Irene C. Berger

Three other similar suits already had filed, all in December, by three other women.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 09-C-2257

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