Dr. David Greenwald Accused of Assault and Battery by Former Options Medical Employee

January 29, 2020

New lawsuit filed against Florida neurosurgeon

 

A former employee of Options Medical, a medical device distributor located in Gainesville, today filed an assault and battery claim against Dr. David Greenwald, a St. Augustine neurosurgeon.

Kathryn Boston was employed by Options Medical in Gainesville as a Junior Associate Territory Manager from November 2016 until September 2017. The lawsuit filed by Ms. Boston alleges that throughout her employment, Ms. Boston was subjected to sexual harassment, assault, and battery from Dr. Greenwald.  The lawsuit outlines both verbal and physical assaults committed by Dr. Greenwald.  In June 2019, Ms. Boston filed a discrimination suit against Options Medical and its owner, Orthofix Medical, LLC, over “severe or pervasive” sexual harassment.

“The lawsuit alleges that during her employment at Options Medical, Ms. Boston was subject to repeated, unwanted touching by Dr. David Greenwald,” said Jay Ellwanger, a partner at Ellwanger Law LLLP. “Despite reporting the assaults, the company encouraged her to allow it to continue to keep the account. Katie Boston is filing suit today against the man who victimized her and caused her both financial and emotional hardship.”

According to the lawsuit, Florida neurosurgeon Dr. David Greenwald repeatedly subjected Ms. Boston to unwanted touching, including putting his hands under her clothing, groping her bare breasts and buttocks, kissing her, rubbing her body in a sexual manner, and grabbing and holding her body against his. He made lewd and unwanted sexual comments about her body and others, and shared sexually explicit jokes and memes.

“The sexual harassment and assault I endured from Dr. Greenwald was traumatic, and has impacted me both financially and my mental health,” said Boston. “Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in the medical sales industry, which is why I have filed this claim and the suit against my former employer. I will continue to fight to see change and to lend support to the other women who have been forced to suffer while doing their jobs.”

In her position, Boston was required to visit doctors’ offices to obtain signatures of medical necessity and other paperwork to authorize the use of the devices Options Medical sold. According to the lawsuit, Dr. Greenwald was one of Option Medical’s largest accounts during Boston’s employment at the company.

Options Medical, which was run by distributor principal and founder Beth Stevenson, was acquired by Texas-based Orthofix in February 2019. Stevenson is still currently employed by Orthofix.

The case is receiving support from TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which helps defray legal and public relations costs in select cases for those who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace.

The Fund is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center. Launched in January 2018, the Fund was created to help survivors of sexual harassment and retaliation in all industries.

Attorney Jay Ellwanger is available for interviews. If you are interested in speaking with him, please contact him at jellwanger@equalrights.law or by phone at (512) 731-7467 or Suzanne Morse at smorse@oneillandassoc.com or by phone at 617-646-1020.

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