Nurse claims peer harassment led her to resign from job

As an employee, you have rights that are provided by the state and federal government. You can point out concerns in the workplace without having to worry about whether or not those concerns are going to be used against you. You can report coworkers for illegal acts, too. If you saw a coworker stealing medicine, you’d report it and think that you did the right thing. Unfortunately, that good deed sometimes comes with a punishment you don’t deserve.

Take this case as an example. A former nurse of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in California has alleged that she faced peer harassment before being forced to resign. According to her story, she had identified nurses who were selling stolen medications and medical supplies to people in the Philippines. She had also reported sub-par care when it took place; in one instance, a patient’s blood sugar levels were uncontrolled because of being over medicated, putting his life at risk.

The nurse claims she discovered that the nurses causing trouble at the facility had previously been disciplined for allegedly stealing medications and supplies, so they had been fired or forced to resign during the investigation into those allegations. The nursing supervisor who had been in charge of those nurses later came to San Gabriel as the nursing unit director and rehired the same nurses who had been accused of stealing and other crimes.

After over a year of dealing with retaliation, according to the nurse, she resigned. She is now suing the medical center for wrongful termination and negligent supervision of unfit employees among other violations.

Source: Pasadena Star News, “Former nurse at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center alleges peers steal medicine, sell in Philippines,” Zen Vuong, June 03, 2015

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