Losing a job can be one of the most stressful experiences an adult can go through. However, that level of stress, frustration and sadness can be taken to an entirely new level if the termination was unjustified. This can often turn into a legal issue, as a recent case of apparent wrongful termination displays.
A former chief medical officer is claiming that she was fired from her position for expressing opinions that went against policies that would allegedly be negative for low-income patients. The person was fired in November even though she had, according to the lawsuit, performed her duties well and was regarded highly among her peers. The policy that the person opposed allegedly would have increased the number of patients each doctor was required to see from 28 per day to 34. This was allegedly so the healthcare provider could increase its revenue. The person argued that such an increase could possibly overwhelm the medical staff.
There are several different situations which can fall under the wrongful termination category including violating state or federal anti-discrimination laws, sexual harassment, violating oral or written employee agreements and others. The different types of situations may result in different types of compensation (if compensation is awarded) but these can include lost wages or punitive damages.
There is no quick fix for a lost job and if the termination was potentially wrongful in nature, this can be even more difficult to go through. If a wrongful termination possibly took place, the assistance of an experienced attorney can help guide a person through the stressful time and hopefully gain some sort of closure.
Source: Merced Sun-Star, "Doctor claims she was fired after advocating for Golden Valley clinic patients," Ken Carlson, Dec. 25, 2014