Kaiser Permanente ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court jury to pay $3.9 million. Radiologist wrongful termination at Hollywood hospital vindicated.
December 10, 2008, San Francisco, CA (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Justice employment law reporters learned of a Los Angeles Superior Court jury award was announced on Monday. Kaiser Permanente is ordered to pay a former radiologist $3.9 million for wrongfully forcing his resignation. The jury found the hospital acted with malice by firing Dr. Michael Martinucci, a radiologist, after he tried to improve medical standards at its Hollywood hospital.
Justice unfair labor practices experts agree with the jury ruling. The facts outlined in Los Angeles Superior Court documents are as follows:
-Dr. Martinucci was hired at Kaiser in 2003
-Dr. Martinucci’s supervisor and a human resources staffer accused him of being racist
-The Hollywood hospital officials furthered the untrue allegations stating
Martinucci was making sexual advances toward a male technologist.
-Dr. Martinucci was forced to resign
-The jury also found Kaiser acted with malice
San Francisco employment lawyers and JNF employer discrimination reporters say because the jury found Kaiser acted with malice, a second phase of the trial will follow to determine whether Martinucci should be awarded punitive damages. If your employer has discriminated against you, subjected you unfair labor practices or wrongfully terminated you may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in employment and labor law may help you recover you damages and losses.
News Contributor: Heather L. Ryan, employment law reporter for JusticeNewsFlash.com
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Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.