The founder of the Fertility Centers of New England was allegedly told that one of the clinic’s fertility specialists had inappropriately touched a patient but had failed to take proper action, the Boston Globe reports.

A complaint by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine stated that two clinic employees told Dr. Vito Cardone, who founded the clinic, that they saw Dr. Roger Ian Hardy touching a woman’s breast as she was waking from anesthesia.

The Globe reports:

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Instead of informing the board as the law requires, the board said, Cardone sent the two staff members to the clinic’s manager, who warned one “not to cause a stink or blow a whistle because she would be labeled as a disgruntled worker.’’

Hardy has been accused of sexually molesting and inappropriately touching female patients more than a decade.

Read the full Boston Globe story here.