A former Dr. Phil employee named Leah Rothman sued McGraw and the show, claiming she was forced to quit, suffered “emotional distress” and wrongful constructive termination, and was falsely imprisoned.
In court documents obtained by Radar Online, Rothman, who worked on the show from 2003 to 2015, said that shortly before she quit, “approximately 300 individuals who worked on the Dr. Phil Show were summoned into a single room, where security officers were also present. Dr. Phil entered the room and demanded that the doors to the room be locked, forcing all of his employees present, to be enclosed in a room with no way out… Dr. Phil yelled at the employees present at the meeting…alleging that one of them had leaked internal information to the press. Dr. Phil informed those present that he had contacted the ‘Feds’ because the information that was transmitted was done over state lines.”
The suit continues, “During the meeting, Dr. Phil was yelling at Ms. Rothman and her colleagues, slamming items down and threatened [sic] whoever leaked the story. Specifically, he stated, ‘If you f**k with me, I’ll f**k with you,’ continuously using profanity toward the employees throughout the meeting.”
Rothman claimed that she went to human resources after the incident but received no assistance, forcing her to leave the show and her job behind.