Tenet Sued After Firing Detroit Nurses Who Complained About COVID Understaffing

June 17, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 18, 2020

An article by MedPage Today looks at four emergency department (ED) nurses who worked at Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital and sued the hospital and its parent company, Tenet Health, last week for wrongful termination. RNs Jeffrey Eichenlaub, Catherine Gaughan, Salah Hadwan, and Anthony Bonnett were fired in May for “violating various vague policies,” according to the complaint. Their lawyer, James Rasor said the firings were retaliatory because the nurses spoke out about patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nurses had raised concerns about patient safety, insufficient staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospital management, the media, and government officials during the pandemic. The lawsuits claim Dallas-based Tenet violated their rights under the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.

“When you fire people because they’re exposing your illegal conduct as an employer, that’s called firing a whistleblower,” Rasor said. “It’s unlawful. It’s wrong.”

Share this

Related Articles

                                Leave a Comment