California hospital faces wrongful termination suit

A hospital is facing a lawsuit by a former employee after she was fired. The wrongful termination lawsuit was filed after a California woman was fired from her 11-year position. She claims that she reported multiple incidents that were committed by a physician to management that, in turn, resulted in the loss of employment. She is seeking to recover damages as a result of this adverse event.

The woman previously worked for Lodi Memorial Hospital for 11 years providing administrative support. During her course of employment, an emergency room doctor reportedly sexually harassed her and fellow co-workers on a repeated basis. The woman revealed the incidents to the management team and she also voiced her concerns about patients under the physician's care. Management did not issue any consequences to the doctor and instead, the hospital terminated the woman from her position.

When the woman applied for unemployment compensation, the hospital failed to allow the benefits. However, they were later required to make the payments. The woman is now seeking damages for sexual harassment and patient safety whistleblowing. She is also suing for retaliation and wrongful termination.

Employees should be able to operate in a safe and non-hostile work environment. Sexual harassment by a doctor or any other coworker is never excusable under any circumstances. Moreover, California employees have the right to inform management of any type of violation without retaliation. If an employer retaliates against a worker for exercising their rights, the company may face civil consequences. In this case, the former employee may be entitled to recover compensatory damages if the court deems that evidence substantiates her claims of wrongful termination.

Source: lodinews.com, Former employee sues Lodi Memorial Hospital, Kristopher Anderson, Nov. 26, 2013

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