MOUNDSVILLE – A couple is suing Anwar Eye Center after they claim it created a hostile work environment.
Dr. Mohammad F. Anwar was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Kauren Haun was employed at Anwar Eye Center and, in March or April 2014, the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure & Certification did an inspection at the eye center and determined that it was non-compliant with federal and/or state law, rules and/or regulations, including air filters, humidity control and other areas of the center, which affected the sterilization of the operating rooms and other parts of the facility, according to a complaint filed May 24 in Marshall Circuit Court.
WVOHFLC directed the defendants to correct the non-compliance and, based on information and belief, the costs to correct the humidity control would cost in excess of $50,000 and the defendant failed to correct the air filters until June 2015, according to the suit.
Haun claims the defendants requested that she falsify the daily humidity records of the operating rooms and she refused to do so.
The plaintiff repeatedly asked the defendants about correcting the issues raised by WVOHFLC and Anwar then began a campaign of harassment against her, according to the suit.
Haun claims the defendants created a hostile work environment that became so intolerable that any reasonable employee would resign rather than endure such conditions of their employment.
Anwar also committed battery upon the plaintiff by intentionally touching her in a harmful, offensive, unwelcome and uninvited way, according to the suit.
Haun claims the defendants violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.
Haun and her husband, Gail Haun, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Theodore L. Tsoras of Tsoras Law Office.
Marshall Circuit Court case number: 17-C-109