A North Carolina therapist who said she was fired after reporting patient neglect was awarded $3.6 million last month by a Superior Court jury in Buncombe County. The Plaintiff, Laura Haas, was fired by mental health care provider CooperRiis in 2009. This award was said to be the largest jury verdict in North Carolina for an individual in a wrongful termination case.
Ms. Haas alleged that CooperRiis fired her after she complained about illegal administration of medication, overdoses because of self-administration of medication and problems with prescription refills. CooperRiis board said in a statement that the company will not appeal the decision. The company, according to the statement, has adopted new employment policies to help avoid similar situations.
Source: Insurance Journal
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