wrongful termination in a nursing home - health professional

I am a professional health care provider. I recently informed administration that 'I would not stay at a facility in which the social worker was not apprised of resident abuse/neglect allegations.' Within hours, I was fired and replaced. The write-up did not deal with any of that, but instead consisted of several points which were either not my error -or- were flagrant and slanderous lies. I have proof in documentation pertaining to some of it. I have witnesses who will verify he negatively used my name in discussions with them. He routinely ridiculed me, also witnessed. I was fired in the afternoon, and by next morning they had my 'replacement,' so obviously something planned a while. I need to know what my options are pertaining to wrongful termination and libel.

1 answer  |  asked Jun 26, 2009 12:11 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

Answers (1)

Kristen Prinz
The fact that you believe they had a replacement planned for a while does not support a retaliatory discharge claim because it separates the termination from your report to the administration.

However, more information is necessary to answer your question. Did you have an employment contract? Did you notify the administration of your concerns in writing? Were any of the criticisms in the write-up accurate? What specific statements were "flagrant and slanderous lies?"

posted by Kristen Prinz  |  Sep 14, 2009 12:01 PM [EST]

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