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Nurse wins $3M for her wrongful termination claim

When California individuals take their families to the hospital, they expect they will receive all of the quality care that they need. Many hospital workers put their patients first and do everything that they can to provide them with the best care. A woman who worked as a nurse for a medical center in another state alleges that she was the victim of wrongful termination because she refused to rush patient care.

According to the complaint, the medical center was trying to cut costs even though the company CEO and upper management were still getting a tremendous bonus and salary. However, the facilities associated with the medical center were trying everything to cut payroll costs. The plaintiff claims that she became a target when the hospital managers wanted to lower nurse payroll costs because she was the highest paid at $88,000 per year.

Additionally, the nurses were given quotas that would only allow them so much time to spend on different patient procedures. Although the plaintiff had great performance reviews during the 34 years she was with the company, she began getting disciplined. Over several months, the plaintiff was disciplined three times for working off the clock and not meeting quotas. She avers that she was targeted because other nurses doing the same thing did not receive discipline. The discipline resulted in the plaintiff losing her job on the grounds of poor job performance.

The plaintiff took her wrongful termination case before a jury who ruled in her favor. Her former employer is to pay her legal fees, lost wages and damages that equated to $3 million. Losing a job is difficult, and California employers engaging in questionable employment practices should be held accountable in accordance with the law.

Source: SOURCE NEEDED, "Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of 'rushing patients through' to save money", Aimee Green, Sept. 19, 2015

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