The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 12, 2014

Man seeks damages from medical facilities


The petition filed by the plaintiff claims that after Leding was hired by PC in June 2008, he began harassing and defaming Schwendinger, eventually enlisting Jewell and Babeshoff in this alleged plan.

The lawsuit continues that in April 2009, Leding told the other two defendants that Schwendinger was hiding pornographic magazines in a shared apartment the PC anesthesia group used in Clinton. The petition also stated that during that same month, Babeshoff posted a picture of a grotesque fish in the operating room at Mercy with the phrase “Big T” above it, referencing Schwendinger. The plaintiff maintains that Mercy staff and administrators were aware of the harassment and did nothing to handle it.

In February 2012, Leding allegedly began making false statements about Schwendinger, accusing him of “having lost his edge,” being “too slow to act” and “unable to take care of children,” according to the lawsuit. On Feb. 17, 2012, Dooley notified the plaintiff that his access to Mercy had been locked, pending the results of the informal investigation. The petition also claims that during this investigation, Leding, Jewell and Babeshoff made false statements that Schwendinger was an alcoholic, smelled like alcohol at work and fell asleep at work.

According to the lawsuit, Dooley was informed by Mercy Medical Center CEO Sean Williams that Schwendinger was precluded from seeing patients from Mercy. The lawsuit continues that after the trouble at Mercy, representatives from the other facilities listed in the suit also banned Dooley from sending Schwendinger to their facilities. The petition further alleges these issues prevented the plaintiff from finding different employment.



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