CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A woman is suing University of Cincinnati Medical Center after her name and syphilis diagnosis wound up on Facebook page called "Team No Hoes."
The suit, filed Tuesday on the woman's behalf by Attorney Mike Allen, claims UCMC employee Ryan Rawls accessed medical records for the sole purpose of harming the victim. She's also suing the hospital and her ex-boyfriend.
The 20-year-old victim refused to tell her ex-boyfriend, Raphael Bradley, why she was being treated at UCMC in September 2013. She claims he then contacted Rawls to access the medical records.
Days later a screen shot of the victim's medical records, that included her syphilis diagnosis and personal information, showed up on a Facebook page called "Team No Hoes." The post was also emailed to every member of the page.
Bullying comments ensued on the page, including shaming the victim and calling her a "slut" and a "hoe," according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by FOX19. The suit alleges it was Rawls and another UCMC employee who posted the screen shot to the Facebook page.
The woman endured extreme emotional distress and has lost friends because she's believed to have a contagious STD, the complaint states. The victim said she still receives harassing phone calls about the incident.
The suit blames UCMC for not properly supervising employees and claims the hospital did not adequately help identify a third employee who assisted in retrieving the records. That employee allegedly still has her medical records in their possession.
"To treat a sexually transmitted disease, you have a real expectation of privacy there that it won't be disseminated. That's what I think makes this case so egregious," Attorney Mike Allen told FOX19.
UCMC said they've fired Rawls and issued a statement saying in part: "We are outraged that anyone might misuse a position with UC Health to attempt to embarrass or cause harm to another person. This is contrary to our ethic and training."
In addition to seeking more $25,000 in damages, Mike Allen told FOX19 the victim wants assurance that this type of harmful disclosure will not happen again.
"She wants to make sure the University of Cincinnati Medical Center puts in place procedures and processes to ensure that this does not happen again. That's very important to her."