Psychiatrist Enyinnaya Ezema Suspended for Sexual Harassment

July 31, 2018

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia - Psychiatrist Enyinnaya Ezema has been handed a four-month suspension on his licence for licking a colleague's bottom lip and making sexually suggestive comments to another co-worker.  
 
According to the committee's written decision, Ezema was conversing with a nurse on Dec. 16, 2014. After exchanging holiday greetings, he put out his arms to offer the nurse a hug."Dr. Ezema ran his tongue along her bottom lip and she couldn't pull back to get away from him. She was able to twist around and left the room," the decision reads.
 
Ezema was found guilty of professional misconduct relating to a number of occasions in 2013 involving one of the co-workers, referred to in the committee's decision as Colleague A. She said Ezema invited her to his home for coffee, saying his wife would not be home. He also invited her on a trip to Scotland and made inappropriate comments about her appearance.
 
But by the time the disposition hearing was held in January 2018, Ezema did not have a licence to practice. The hearing committee said it was "because of a failure to qualify for his licence that was unrelated to this matter."
His four-month suspension will begin when he becomes eligible to resume practice.
 
Ezema was also ordered to pay $75,000 in legal fees, but does not have to until his licence is reinstated.
 
Emma Davie, "Nova Scotia psychiatrist given 4-month suspension after licking colleague," CBC News, 31 July 2018, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/psychiatrist-enyinnaya-ezema-suspension-licking-assault-harassment-1.4767974

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