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Harassment allegations against California hospital official probed
Los Angeles Times

The executive recruited two years ago to correct deep-seated problems at the state’s mental hospitals is the subject of a sexual harassment investigation that was launched within a week of her state Senate confirmation, according to two independent sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

Kathy Gaither, chief deputy director of the Department of State Hospitals, has been on paid administrative leave since July 15.

In a brief email last month to notify employees, Cliff Allenby, the department’s acting director, said Gaither would be out of the office for an extended period because of “unforeseen circumstances.