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Doctor who claimed retaliation wins wrongful termination suit

Many Texas employees would agree that when they see unethical or illegal behavior in their workplaces, they are duty bound to report it to administrators within the company. Unfortunately, such reporting can sometimes result in retaliation from the employer as well as the employee. Some people are even fired for it. Recently, a doctor claimed that she was the victim of wrongful termination when she told her superiors that she was going to go to authorities regarding what she perceived were illegal and unethical practices.

The woman, who was an internal medicine doctor in another state, began working at a hospital in her area in Nov. 1997. In March 2012, she performed a "cardiac work-up" on a patient in need of surgery. She concluded that the patient would not need a consult from a cardiologist prior to surgery based on her examination. The procedure was to be performed by another surgeon, and a cardiology consult was ordered despite her recommendation. She felt this was unnecessary treatment and billing.

When she went to the administration about this case. It was not the first time she had made this complaint. She said that she would go to the authorities, and in Jan. 2013, her employment was terminated. She filed a lawsuit against the Missouri hospital.

Recently, the jury in her case agreed that she was the victim of wrongful termination. She was awarded damages in the total amount of $760,000. Texas employees who believe they were fired in retaliation for complaining about wrongdoing by other employees or the company might benefit from following this woman's example by filing a lawsuit. A successfully litigated claim could result in economic and non-economic damages to make up for the financial losses sustained.

Source: news-leader.com, "Jury orders Mercy Springfield to pay $751,000 in wrongful termination lawsuit", Thomas Gounley, March 9, 2016

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