Recently a federal jury awarded a pathologist a $7.6 million retaliation
Renta v. Cook County, a jury determined that a health agency had retaliated against a physician
– Dr. Vivian Renta – after she complained about substandard
hospital policies and the quality of care patients were receiving. The
verdict represents damages for back pay, front pay, lost pension benefits
and pain and suffering.
If you believe you have suffered an adverse employment action as the result
of complaining about discrimination – or participated as a witness
is someone else’s complaint of discrimination, you may have a claim
for retaliation. If you feel you have been treated unfairly at work, consulting
with a knowledgeableGeorgia employment retaliation attorney is an important first step to determining your rights and evaluating whether
you may have a claim.
Renta, the physician sued after she was terminated and was declared “incompetent,”
a virtual “death sentence” for physicians seeking to obtain
a new job. As stated by a representative, “An adverse employment
decision that takes away a doctor’s right to practice and their
privileges at the hospital is the equivalent of the professional death
Just what constitutes retaliation may differ in each employment situation.
Although in some situations retaliation consists of termination, in other
cases, it may be adverse actions such as being placed on undesirable shifts
or assigned to a “worse” location.
Here, management became increasingly hostile to Renta after she became
openly critical of lapses and negligent practices within the pathology
department where she worked. Dr. Renta’s fellow pathologists also
falsely accused her of failing to follow proper procedures. In 2003 she
filed a national origin and gender discrimination lawsuit. In 2004, she
was discharged from her job.
At trial, the jury determined the actions of the health system sufficiently
constituted retaliation and found in favor of Renta.
The bottom line is if you believe that you or someone you know at work
has been retaliated against, you can fight back. For more information
or if you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or retaliation
at work, contact the experienced
Georgia employment discrimination attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC.