COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A graduated resident surgeon represented by Wilson & Wilson Co., L.P.A. has filed a lawsuit against The Ohio State University and Drs. Robert R. Bahnson, Geoffrey N. Box, and Andrew M. Thomas in federal court in Columbus. Dr. Jeffrey R. Wilson alleges Ohio State condoned abusive, harassing and unlawful behavior from Robert Bahnson while Dr. Wilson was employed by the university as a resident urologist. Dr. Wilson further alleges the Defendants defamed him in the field of urology and wrongfully attempted to undermine his career as retaliation against Dr. Wilson and others for reporting the abusive behavior to organizations governing the Department of Urology at Ohio State.
Before the lawsuit was filed, Ohio State conducted an internal investigation regarding Dr. Wilson’s allegations. The investigation concluded in part that: 1) Dr. Bahnson made direct or implied threats to members of the Department of Urology; 2) Dr. Bahnson behaved in a way that is in conflict with Ohio State’s values by issuing threats about future employment, recommendation letters, and taking paternity leave; 3) There is a culture of fear and intimidation in the Department of Urology; 4) Dr. Bahnson's behavior created a hostile work environment; 5) Dr. Bahnson engaged in harassment by making multiple comments relating to national origin; and 6) Dr. Bahnson made physical contact in a threatening manner with a former resident. Despite the conclusions of the investigation, Robert Bahnson remains employed by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The allegations about the hostile environment in the Department of Urology come just months after Ohio State released an investigation report detailing an alleged hostile environment in the OSU Marching Band. As a result of the investigation, Ohio State fired band director Jonathan Waters, who has filed a lawsuit against the university.
A copy of Dr. Wilson’s complaint, including the Case Report from Ohio State’s investigation, can be downloaded at www.wwcolpa.com/news-and-media. Limited information may be obtained from Dr. Wilson’s legal counsel by contacting: