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Wrongful Termination Suit Results In $3 Million Verdict for Nurse

Registered nurse Linda Boly initiated a lawsuit against her former employer Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center after she was terminated in June 2013. While the hospital maintained that Boly was fired for poor performance, a Portland jury found otherwise and awarded her $3 million. Boly contended that she was terminated on account of her refusal to rush through patient care to meet productivity quotas. She gave each patient the care they needed and was fired on account of it.

North Carolina is an “at will” employment state, which means that private employers can fire employees for a broad range of seemingly unfair reasons. In some cases, they can even fire an employee for no reason at all. However, there are still some situations where an employer cannot fire an employee. Particularly, even in an “at will” state, an employer cannot terminate an employee in violation of any federal law or statute that prohibits retaliation or discrimination. Employers also cannot terminate an employee if there is a contract that details when an employee can be terminated. North Carolina also prevents employers from terminating an employee if it violates State public policy.  The attorneys at Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney have handled many wrongful termination cases.  Contact us for a free consultation if you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job.


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