BATON ROUGE, La. — The fired Indian American medical director of Louisiana's corrections department is suing the agency, claiming sexual harassment allegations lodged against him are false and defamatory.
The Advocate reports Dr. Raman Singh filed the lawsuit Nov. 27 in district court. Singh is seeking damages from the department, Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc and his accuser.
The lawsuit says the employee accused Singh of sexually harassing her last month at a conference at the Golden Nugget Casino and hotel in Lake Charles. Singh denies the accusation. He's asking a judge to declare him factually and legally innocent of sexual harassment.
Corrections department spokesman Ken Pastorick told The Associated Press Nov. 28 the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation. He confirmed Singh was terminated this month.
The Associated Press is not naming the employee, who wouldn't comment on the allegations.
According to the article in The Advocate, Jill Craft, one of Singh’s attorneys, said Nov. 28, "Make no mistake, sexual harassment is a tremendous scourge on society and should never be tolerated," adding: “However, in this case, Dr. Singh is innocent and appears to have been swept up in the fervor gripping our nation."
Singh also demanded a full and fair investigation and that the state obtain the casino tapes, the suit says, according the newspaper.
Singh claims in his suit that department officials offered him a deal on Nov. 7 that if he resigned, all records of the probe, including any and all complaints, would "disappear,” The Advocate reported, adding that Singh said he refused to resign and was fired effective Nov. 22.