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USC Medical Exams Sexual Assault Class Action

In the complaint for this class action—against the University of Southern California, for their retention of a sexually abusive gynecologist—one sentence stands out as representative. “Although USC had been on notice of [Dr. George] Tyndall’s misconduct for nearly 30 years, not until March 9, 2018 did USC disclose it to authorities.”

The class for this action is all women who were examined by George Tyndall, MD at the University of Southern California. There is no class period, as the complaint claims tolling of the statute of limitations for Tyndall’s conduct.

Plaintiff Shannon O’Conner was an undergraduate at USC in the 1990s who had a gynecological appointment with Tyndall at the student health center. The complaint claims that Tyndall put his ungloved fingers inside her and moved them in and out while making remarks that were not related to a medical appointment.

When O’Conner asked that a nurse be present, the complaint says, Tyndall said there was no need for that, but then called in a nurse. The nurse came in, the complaint says, but read a paperback while Tyndall continued his inappropriate touching.

As she was leaving after the appointment, the complaint says, O’Conner spoke to the receptionist and “told her that the doctor had said sexual things to her and that the exam didn’t feel right.” Instead of showing concern, the receptionist “replied that Ms. O’Conner was a pretty girl and should get used to stuff like that.”

O’Conner had little experience with gynecological exams at the time and was not sure what was or was not normal, the complaint says, but she never went back to the student health center for another such exam.

Other patients, however, did complain. The complaint says that complaints about his behavior began in the early 1990s. Even nurses complained, the complaint says, for example asking why Tyndall was taking so many photographs of the patients’ genitalia. Some patients were told to come back more often than necessary. Also, the complaint says, “Tyndall made remarks to his patients that were racially discriminatory and offensive.”

In fact, the complaint says that USC eventually admitted that “several of the complaints” in the files “were concerning enough that it is not clear today why the former health center director permitted Tyndall to remain in his position.”

Among other things, the complaint claims sexual assault, as well as violation of Title IX and California laws including the Unruh Act and Education Code.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

USC Medical Exams Sexual Assault Complaint

June 8, 2018

In the complaint for this class action—against the University of Southern California, for their retention of a sexually abusive gynecologist—one sentence stands out as representative. “Although USC had been on notice of [Dr. George] Tyndall’s misconduct for nearly 30 years, not until March 9, 2018 did USC disclose it to authorities.” Among other things, the complaint claims sexual assault as well as violation of Title IX and California laws including the Unruh Act and Education Code.

usc_sexual_assault_during_medical_exam_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

USC Medical Exams Sexual Assault Complaint

June 8, 2018

In the complaint for this class action—against the University of Southern California, for their retention of a sexually abusive gynecologist—one sentence stands out as representative. “Although USC had been on notice of [Dr. George] Tyndall’s misconduct for nearly 30 years, not until March 9, 2018 did USC disclose it to authorities.” Among other things, the complaint claims sexual assault as well as violation of Title IX and California laws including the Unruh Act and Education Code.

usc_sexual_assault_during_medical_exam_complaint.pdf
Tags: Education, Sexual Assault, Title IX Violations