Hospital Firing

Hospital Firing Court: Jury should decide state hospital firing dispute

An appeals court says a jury should resolve the claim of a former employee fired by a state mental hospital. Carolyn Rodgers says the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center violated her right to free speech by firing her after she criticized management in a 1998 memo. Today, the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Rodgers' lawsuit against the Cincinnati hospital. The hospital's chief executive said Rodgers was fired because she argued with other employees and accused management of not caring about quality standards. The appeals court ruled that Cincinnati federal judge Susan Dlott erred two years ago when she dismissed the lawsuit before it went to trial. The appeals court said a jury should consider Rodgers' claim. The case now goes back to Dlott's court.