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Former security of hospital files wrongful termination suit

The majority of patients likely do not consider all of the aspects that go into making a hospital safe for employees and patients. As California residents are aware, violence can break out anywhere, including in health care settings. These institutions are charged with providing a safe environment, and to take shortcuts can place all involved at risk. That is purportedly the reason one former security director recently filed a wrongful termination suit against his former employer.

According to the civil suit, the former director of security at Mercy Hospital was in charge of ensuring the safety of staff and patients at all of the hospital's locations for the last 48 months of his employment. The suit alleges that the problem began in 2012 when the former director's superior initiated changes to the way security staff was trained. This, along with both budget and staff reductions, purportedly led to a less secure environment for staff and patients.

In 2017, when issues began to arise with an increased number of confrontations between staff and patients, the director's boss started to take measures to increase some training for staff members to reduce the risks of injury to all parties. Unfortunately, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid conducted an investigation into the hospital's security procedures after receiving complaints from patients about poorly handled confrontations. By the time the effort was made to change how staff were trained, hospital administration made the decision to terminate a dozen employees, including the former director.

The civil suit alleges that the firing of the security official was in violation of his employment rights. It further alleges that the hospital responded to the investigation and subsequent firings by attempting to arrange private settlements with several of the fired personnel in a purported attempt to avoid litigation for wrongful termination. California workers who believe that they have been subject to any unwarranted adverse actions by their employers are entitled to seek the best remedy for their particular circumstances. A skilled employment law attorney may be able to help resolve the matter. 

Source:, "Fired Mercy security director files lawsuit against hospital", Brooke Crum, Jan. 8, 2018

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