As healthcare employers continue to face a rise in the number of workplace issues, we examine measures to address and curb these issues. Our experience and considerable knowledge across a wide range of positions in the healthcare industry is the keystone of Trujillo & Winnick, LLP. Our lawyers support their clients in courts, arbitration, mediation, and administrative proceedings by combining in-depth experience in healthcare matters with litigation skills developed in trials and hearings, as well as participating in the government investigations and negotiating settlements. We provide comprehensive litigation services for any disputed matter and strive to achieve the best results for our clients.
We offer comprehensive representation in the following areas of healthcare employment:
California provides healthcare professionals with unique protections against retaliation due to complaining about patient care, conditions or other safety issues.
No employer shall discriminate or retaliate, in any manner, against any employee, member of the medical staff, or any other healthcare worker of the health facility because that person has engaged in any protected activity, including complaining to the facility regarding the quality of care, services or conditions at the facility. Health & Safety Code § 1278.5(b)(1).
This law specifically protects individuals who complained about “issues relating to the care, services and conditions of a facility.” The health facility, or any entity that owns or operates the facility, cannot retaliate, or discriminate against you, if you report any suspected violation of patient care of the facility.
For example, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for:
California Legislature has declared it is the public policy of the State of California to encourage nurses, members of the medical staff, and other healthcare workers to report suspected unlawful conditions. This reporting not only helps to protect patients and assists accreditation and government entities but also protects the employment of those that fulfill this duty by making such reports.
Any employee who is discriminated against under this section may be entitled to reinstatement, reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits, emotional distress damages, legal costs, or any other remedy warranted by the court.
If you are experiencing any of these issues in your workplace or suspect you have been the victim of a wrongful termination, retaliation or unfair dismissal, your employer may be violating the law. Our firm would be glad to discuss your concerns and help you to determine a legal strategy best suited for your needs and situation with you.