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Nurse sues medical facility for wrongful termination

A licensed practical nurse from outside California is suing her previous employer for firing her unjustly. She claims that the medical center she worked for retaliated against her for reporting patient safety issues and then mistreated her because of her age. She has filed a wrongful termination claim against the facility in federal court, seeking to right the wrongs against her.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was a full-time LPN and was making $18.75 per hour. She claims that there was an error with one of the drugs used for a patient that was not her fault. The discrepancy was reportedly a violation of hospital standards and nursing standards. She reported the incident to her boss and asserts that is when the discrimination and retaliation started.

The plaintiff claims that her work environment became hostile, and she as well as her co-workers had unnecessary interference in their work performance. It is alleged that there was an incident when she and a co-worker were harassed by younger employees. The issue was brought to the attention of their supervisor, but apparently no consequential action was taken.

Ultimately, the plaintiff was fired and claims that the situation surrounding her termination was not kept private and was discussed with younger co-workers. She is suing the facility for a wrongful termination and violations of West Virginia common law. Californians who lose their jobs unlawfully may consider pursuing legal recourse through the civil court system. In successful cases, successful claimants may be awarded financial relief, lost wages and possible reinstatement into their former positions, if applicable.

Source:, "Woman accuses CAMC of wrongful discharge, age discrimination", Kyla Asbury, Feb. 17, 2016

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