The May 2008 federal consent decree ended a five-year legal battle that started when four women claimed they were sexually harassed by their supervisor, Kadri Cumur, then chief financial officer of Jefferson Dental Clinics, which at the time included 11 dental practices in the Dallas area. The women's 2003 lawsuit accused Cumur of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate personal remarks and offensive touching at the company headquarters where they worked. In one instance, he allegedly reached inside one woman's blouse and touched her bra. Another woman testified that he unbuttoned her blouse. When one of the women turned down his invitation to dinner, he allegedly called her a "whore."
Alameel sold clinics
Cumur could not be reached for comment. Alameel sold the Jefferson Dental Clinics in 2009 and no longer has any association with Cumur, according to the campaign. The campaign also said that when Alameel owned the clinics, 95 percent of the managers were women. The four women who sued claimed that when they took their complaints to Alameel, he acknowledged that his wife and son had previously expressed doubts about Cumur's behavior. But after initially firing Cumur, the women alleged, Alameel immediately changed his mind and rehired him. A few days later, according to the women, the clinic instituted new workplace rules prohibiting female employees from wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. Three of the women, identified in court records as Heather Sooter, Carol Cantu and Linda Householder, were reportedly fired. A fourth, Esmeralda Jimenez, said she quit. Asked about the specifics of the women's stories, a spokesman for Alameel wrote in an email "there is no point re-examining all the details of a decade old lawsuit, except to reiterate that the allegations were adjudicated in court and found to be without merit."
Troubles in court
All four women claimed Alameel's actions were retaliation for their complaints about Cumur. They filed complaints in state court and with the EEOC.