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Staffer Drops Claim That Doc Ordered Her to Abort

DALLAS (CN) - A physician reached a settlement with the receptionist who said he had ordered her to get an abortion and then fired her when she refused.

Christina Garcia sued Dr. Meenakshi Prabhakar and his practice, ID Doctors P.A., in August.

She claimed that she informed Prabhakar that she was pregnant on March 3, 2011.

"Dr. Prabkahar told plaintiff that (she) would have to have an abortion to keep her job," the complaint stated. "When plaintiff refused, (she) was fired on March 7, 2011."

"Dr. Prabhakar offered to pay for the abortion and for college expenses provided that plaintiff would take birth control pills," Garcia added.

Garcia also claimed that she was "harassed because of her pregnancy during her employment which subjected her to a hostile environment."

The plaintiff and defendants filed an agreed motion to dismiss in Dallas County Court on Friday. A letter to the court filed days earlier notes that the parties reached a settlement at mediation on Oct. 9. The settlement terms are not public.

Prabhakar is board certified in infectious diseases, with a subspecialty in bone, joint and surgical infections, according to IDD's website.

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