A New Jersey hospital technician has been awarded in excess of $2.1 million after suing Bayonne Medical Center due to circumstances that allegedly led to his being fired from his job. It is claimed that the technician was disciplined and eventually tired because he complained about employment staffing and the qualifications of his new supervisor.
The technician had originally filed his concerns about the new supervisor with New Jersey officials. State officials in fact agreed with the technician's claims, and this resulted in the supervisor in question being transferred out of her position. Nevertheless, the technician had been disciplined three times upon his job for supposed paperwork errors before being fired.
Whistleblower claims such as this one are becoming more common. The gist of such cases is that a person is fired for bringing up concerns regarding working conditions or possible violations of laws that they should be able to bring up without the threat of retaliation.
Wrongful termination lawsuits are put in place to prevent an employee from losing their job simply for doing the right thing. With all that is in the news about unethical conduct and violations of law taking place at the workplace, it would be unjust to punish those that are taking steps to prevent such conduct from occurring.
If you are an individual in a position where you have to make such uncomfortable choices, employment law attorneys are available to make certain that you can address your concerns without facing workplace retaliation. Whistleblower laws are put in place to protect the employee, but many places of business apparently feel that these laws do not apply to them.
Source: NJ.com, "'Whistleblower' awarded $2.1 million in case against Bayonne Medical Center," Michaelangelo Conte, May 19, 2013