Safety Director Smeared for Reporting Safety Issues, She Claims
(CN) - A newly hired safety director was pushed out of Kaiser Baldwin Park for reporting safety issues, she claims in a complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District.
K.T. sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and Southern California Permanente Medical Group for wrongful termination, disability discrimination, retaliation and defamation per se.
The employee had successfully worked safety positions for Kaiser for eight years when she was recruited to be health and safety director at Baldwin Park Medical Center, she says.
According to her complaint, K.T. found a dysfunctional department perpetuating hazardous conditions, and she reported it. In return she was retaliated against, defamed, falsely accused and undermined.
At the time, a project manager reported to human resources that, K.T.'s boss "plainly stated their attempt to either get plaintiff 'fired' or inflict enough pain on plaintiff to force her out on stress leave," according to the complaint.
K.T. was fired on a pretext of "fraudulent documentation" and misconduct, which has "done terrible emotional and financial damage to plaintiff and her career," her complaint states.
She is represented by Charles Mathews of Culver City.