Was it hospital security or a peeping tom? Two women file a lawsuit against Manchester Memorial Hospital for voyeurism. The women say they found a hidden camera in a room where they often changed clothes. They claim their privacy was violated while hospital officials say the camera was installed to monitor controlled medications.
Attorney Scott Madden says a hidden camera was discovered by independent surgeon, Dr. Dana Edwards and his wife Angel, an independent nurse at Manchester Memorial Hospital. It happened in the anesthesia office where controlled drugs are kept. It's also a secure room where he says women have changed clothes for around 20 years.
"She got up on a table or a desk that was in the room, pulled the ceiling tile down and found the camera which was still wired," Madden said.
Just minutes later, the lawsuit claims hospital officials tried to throw them off hospital property for destroying the camera and were eventually threatened to lose staff privileges. The second nurse, Terry Nitz, didn't fare as well. Madden says she was later fired.
"After the first lady or gentleman disrobed, the hospital had some duty to either indicate you shouldn't do that here or we've got camera's there or give them some sort of warning," Madden said.
In a written statement, hospital officials say the camera is used to monitor controlled surgical medications. It also says unmonitored changing areas are provided for surgical staff. When women changed clothes, the lawsuit claims the director of security said a woman would monitor the camera and audio.
Madden says there's still no answer for why the camera was hidden behind a peep-hole or how long it was there.
Attorney Scott Madden says a camera is still in the office, but is now covered with a visible tinted bubble. The defendants have until July 30th to respond to the lawsuit.