Hospital Administrator Fired for doing jury duty!

  1. http://www.wftv.com/news/14473736/detail.html

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Seminole County woman says she had to spend six months on a jury, but she said the hospital she worked for refused to wait and fired her.

    Susie Brown is now suing Central Florida Regional Hospital. She was picked a juror in an insurance fraud case. It was supposed to last four months, but Brown said when she told her employer it was extended to six months, the hospital terminated her employment.

    "I never dreamed they would let me go," said Brown. "I was on jury duty."...

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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    Disgusting! Sent an email to hospital letting them know it too! Hope she sues them good!
    Maisy
  4. by   MikeyJ
    She will win lots and lots of money. It is a FEDERAL law that states an employer cannnot fire an employee if they are serving on jury duty. In fact, if it is found that the company did in fact fire the administrator, I bet the employer will also be slapped with a massive fine.
  5. by   EmmaG
    She said her boss wasn't happy she was picked as a juror on a trial expected to last four months. "He said I should have come to him sooner and he would have written a letter to get me out, " said Brown.
    When I served, we were told that was no longer allowed.
    Last edit by EmmaG on Nov 1, '07 : Reason: ouch
  6. by   EmmaG
    Quote from sistermike
    She will win lots and lots of money. It is a FEDERAL law that states an employer cannnot fire an employee if they are serving on jury duty. In fact, if it is found that the company did in fact fire the administrator, I bet the employer will also be slapped with a massive fine.
    Kinda telling that it was the Federal judge presiding over the case she served on who told her to retain an attorney
  7. by   Sabby_NC
    Wow they really appreciated her time working there didn't they!!:angryfire
  8. by   UM Review RN
    Really makes you want to do your civic duty, doesn't it.
  9. by   Diary/Dairy
    That's horrible - I just cannot believe what happens some times!!
  10. by   leslymill
    Brown had worked at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford for 12 years.
    Central Florida Regional Hospital told Channel Nine Brown's position was eliminated and her firing had nothing to do with jury duty
    It has everything to do with administrations lack of respect for nurses.
  11. by   jmgrn65
    I didn't think you could be fired for serving on a jury. Just like you can't be fired for serving in the armed services.
  12. by   woody62
    Quote from jmgrn65
    I didn't think you could be fired for serving on a jury. Just like you can't be fired for serving in the armed services.
    Sorry but Florida is a right to work state. It means that an employer can terminate you without giving a reason. And having lived and worked and served on two juries down here, I am almost certain that the hospital didn't terminate her for being on jury duty. But if she was working in administration and held a key position, I could see the hospital terminating her and hiring someone else. Six months is a very long time to have a key position held open.

    Woody
  13. by   oramar
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    When I served, we were told that was no longer allowed.
    I think long time ago in my state anyway, an employer could ask for an essential employee to be relieved of jury duty. It has been years since they could do that. I think the law changed in 1970 or there abouts. It is amazing how many people still believe that. Not to long ago I even heard a manager say she would see about getting a employee out of jury duty. I laughed and said, "goodluck".
  14. by   sharona97
    My so far one and only time called for jury selection, I was picked first case. I called my employer and told them the case may be an extended one due to the issue at hand. "Totally unacceptable, you go tomorrow and do everything you have to do to get out of this". Sounds threateniing,eh? So I happily went to the guard and told him I needed to speak to the judge. Just so happened it was a Tuesday, when all the docs and the administrator were in a lunchtime meeting, I asked to be put through, and the judge took the phone and threatened the administrator that not only would she be fined 10,000 dollars but time in jail. The only question the judge asked me (after telling him why I was there in front of him), do you feel as if you are being threatened. I told him "I feel that way".
    That's all it took. What are these administrators thinking.....? not!

    I also found a new job.

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