Employment terminated for supposed HIPPA violation. Can I sue for wrongful termination?

2 postings on Facebook page led to allegations of HIPPA violation. I have documents showing I did not violate HIPPA 18 Identifiers or PHI. Ex-employer blocking IDES unemployment pay. Have appealed to BOR and awaiting word. I did have legal council via IDES.
I was employed with a private hospital and have been unable to find gainful employment since my termination. I'm 62 yr old. Living off limited IRA.

1 answer  |  asked Feb 20, 2015 10:18 AM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

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Anthony Cameron
You don't say whether you have counsel for your IDES appeal and you are already at the third stage. You don't say whether you worked for a governmental body or a private one. Most Institutional employers and their in house lawyers do not understand HIPAA and overreact to anything they consider a leak.

Your priority should be to find counsel to review your BOR appeal and possibly file an amended one. I have never seen a lay person file an effective BOR appeal.

Next, you need to discuss the details with a skilled employee rights lawyer in your area. I think you are near metro east so use this board to find a good one.

posted by Anthony Cameron  |  Feb 20, 2015 11:11 AM [EST]

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