Did star TV psychologist Dr. Phil really force 300 CBS workers into a locked room guarded by uniformed security in a profanity filled effort to find out who leaked internal secrets to the media?

That’s the allegation in a lawsuit from one of those employees, and a judge levied $3,600 in fines Wednesday to compensate attorneys for the former CBS Studios employee.

The ex-worker says she was forced to quit her job due to intolerable working condition so she’s suing Dr. Phil McGraw on false imprisonment allegations.

The judge’s $3,600 award to the woman’s attorneys was because they had to draft a motion and return to court on a matter that was previously heard.

Leah Rothman’s Los Angeles Superior Court complaint alleges that McGraw, now 66, held 300 staffers in a locked room and used profane language during a confrontation with the group in 2015.

Judge Elizabeth Feffer ruled on June 26 that the defense was entitled to review the plaintiff’s medical records from 2003, when she joined the network, until the present.

Prior to Wednesday’s hearing, Feffer ordered the attorneys to meet and talk about their differences in light of the June 26 ruling. When the case was called, the lawyers said they both agreed to limit the turnover of the plaintiff’s medical records from 2003 to present, keeping with the judge’s earlier decision.

However, attorney Dahlia Khalili, on behalf of Rothman, told Feffer that fines should still be imposed against the defense because Wednesday’s court appearance could have been avoided. Khalili said she wrote the defense two days after the judge’s June 26 ruling to complain that the medical record subpoenas, which she said initially sought records dating back to Rothman’s birth, were still too sweeping in scope.

“I got no response at all,” Khalili said. “This all could have been obviated.”

Defense attorney Nancy Hamilton called Khalili’s version of events “frankly ridiculous.” She said the defense never sought a lifelong review of Rothman’s records, but only those related to the issues raised in the litigation.

“It’s an odd turn of events that this would get turned around on us somehow,” Hamilton said.

But Feffer said Rothman’s lawyers attempted to resolve the dispute outside of court and were justified in coming to court when they saw no effort by the defense to narrow the scope of the subpoenas. She ordered the fine to be paid by McGraw, CBS, Peteski Productions Inc. and their lawyers.

Rothman, while filed her suit in January 2016, worked for CBS from December 2003 until April 2015. The plaintiff claims that, while taking a day off in March 2015, she and about 300 other workers were called in and ushered into a single room where several security officers were present. McGraw allegedly entered the room, demanded the doors be locked and ordered that the workers turn off their phones before insisting that one of them gave internal information to the media.

According to the suit, McGraw told the group that he contacted the federal government because the information was transmitted over state lines. Rothman believes the psychologist planned the event because he had cue cards in his hands, according to her suit.

Rothman says the human resources department broke a promise to follow up on when she complained. She says she was forced to quit her job due to the allegedly intolerable working conditions.

–City News Service

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