Woman files lawsuit claiming Mint Hill chiropractor asked her to 'undress' during interview

- A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Mint Hill chiropractor after he reportedly requested her to undress during an interview. 

The incident happened on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Charlotte Spine and Pain Relief Center, P.C.

According to court records, Dr. Keith T. Helmendach, 53, of Mecklenburg County, violated the Hippocratic Oath [refrain from any act of wrongdoing] and betrayed the trust rightfully commanded by his position. 

Court records state the victim, Carrie Jenkins, who is now 27-years-old, came to the office over the weekend when it was closed, for a second job interview. Dr. Helmendach asked Jenkins to disrobe and don on a revealing hospital gown so that she could experience a chiropractic examination. 

Documents state Dr. Helmendach put her through a series of twists, turns and bends before asking her to drop the gown and complete the examination completely nude so he could "see her spine". 

It states Dr. Helmendach then ran his hands across her neck, back and legs. Jenkins reported he never asked permission before touching her, and she did not give her consent to this touching. 

Court records indicate Dr. Helmendach then positioned her in a way for sex, asking her if she could help him with his erection as he grabbed his genitals. 

Jenkins reacted in horror and asked for her cloths back. She reported Dr. Helmendach stood between her and the door, breathing heavily, before eventually allowing her to leave.

He then rejected her for the job four days later. 

Jenkins now has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Keith T. Helmendach and the facility he works at for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, tortious interference with perspective economic advantage, and medical malpractice in connection with indecent examination, proposition, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Following the incident Jenkins said she had "great difficulty sleeping and had little interest in eating." She also became depressed and cried often. She stated she just wasn't herself and experience abnormal mood swings. 

Jenkins told police she discovered the posting for a receptionist position at Charlotte Spine and Pain Relief Center on Craigslist and applied for the position online. 

 

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