Andrew Walls says he was definitely not wearing pink lacy panties when he went in for his colonoscopy at the Delaware Surgery Center in Dover in October 2012.
“When the plaintiff recovered from the effects of the anesthesia administered by defendants,” the lawsuit, which was filed in New Castle County Superior Court, reads, “he awoke to realize that while he was unconscious pink women’s underwear had been placed on his body.”
32-year-old Walls was an employee of the hospital at the time. Sometime between when he was put under anesthesia and when he awoke, his co-workers allegedly slipped a pair of lady’s underpants onto his body.
Walls insists that “at no time did [he] voluntarily, knowingly, or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself.”
“Defendants’ extreme and outrageous conduct went beyond all possible bounds of decency,” the lawsuit states.
In addition to experiencing tremendous “shame, embarrassment and personal humiliation” due to “the inappropriate undergarment,” Walls claims “severe emotional distress” caused him to lose his job at the hospital.
Walls blames the “extreme and outrageous conduct” of the hospital staff for his woes, saying they failed “to maintain proper policies and procedures for the care of patients with respect to not engaging in extreme and outrageous conduct which caused the plaintiff severe emotional distress.”
He is now seeking punitive damages for negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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If it was meant to be a joke on a fellow employee, it was in extremely bad taste. He should receive compensation, and be reinstated in his job.
You meant the fact that his co workers probably performing the colonoscopy and get to see all his glory inside out is less embarrassing than wearing the pink panties?
He deserves to be treated with respect. Any behavior that prevents one from going in for screening of any sort should be excised out as a polyp.
There are certain lines you do not cross in the healthcare field and this was one of them. The man was unconscious and had placed his trust in people who are bond by laws to maintain his safety and dignity. The law was broken and it is the people who carried out this insult who should loose their jobs and be reported to the appropriate licensing agencies. This gentleman really shouldn’t have to worry about a job because he should be set for life after he gets done suing the people and the facility that employs them.
That guy should consider himself lucky. I’m sure they’re Victoria’s Secret.
He should count himself lucky. I was admitted for a constricted urethra and woke up dressed as Eleanor Roosevelt.
Seriously, this is something that will make you emotionally disturbed to the point of losing your job over it and make a lawsuit? I mean…a normal person would find himself in a pink underwear, and would just laugh it off and tell his children and grandchildren the “crazy story of when he went to the hospital one time”. To me this is not a prank gone bad, its more of a douche bag going too far to try and extort money out of his workplace. But whatever, I’m pretty sure there are lawsuits in this country for much less.
Christ, lighten up! This culture of suing for anything in the US is actually an embarrassment
embarrassment from what? are there pictures of him adorned in ladies underwear circulating around the internet? or are his co-workers making fun of him?
@Ditamo: I can’t agree with that, sorry. He was unconscious and completely vulnerable, and people were messing with his private parts, and when he woke up he saw that he had been sexualized. I’m sure it was meant as a joke, but I don’t think anyone has the right to tell him he should not have been traumatized.
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