Discrimination & Whistle blowing - Would you hire this nurse again?

  1. I was discriminated against when I applied for a job. In other words, a job offer at a hospital was rescinded due to their discrimination against me. I sued them and won. Now my name is all over Google if you search it. A few years later, similar thing happened. I got a job at a well known hospital, worked at the place, and the manager discriminated me. Since she couldn't make it obvious that the discrimination as the reason for terminating me, she micromanaged me and came up with a bunch of things that a new orientee might get wrong or make mistakes on to get me fired. Now, my lawyers are about to sue that hospital also.

    I have been looking for a new job for the last 6 months since the fancy hospital manager let me go. My question is, is my career doomed because my name is tarnished all over the internet as a "litigious nurse," or does it really matter? Do HR people and nurse managers reconsider offering a job to a good candidate because she once sued another facility? What they did to me was wrong. And I want justice. But do people that sue facilities end up having a hard time getting a job elsewhere because of it? It seems like double punishment to me.
  2. Poll: Would you hire a nurse who has sued a facility in the past?

    • Yes.

      4.20% 5
    • No.

      62.18% 74
    • Depends on how qualified and desirable the nurse is.

      33.61% 40
    119 Votes
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  4. by   kakamegamama
    I don't think I would hire you.....I would wonder if I "discriminated" against you in any way, shape or form that myself and my hospital would be sued. I would suspect you were looking for ways to be discriminatd against, jumping at any opportunity to cry "fowl". I wish you the best in your future job searches, however. And, I wonder if perhaps it would do you well to really look inward and determine if you are really and truly being discrimiated against due to race, gender, creed, or if you are just looking for that and why.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I would not hire you either.
  6. by   Sun0408
    Most facilities are very diverse, I find it hard to believe this not only happened once but now twice. If you look hard enough you will find trouble. I would re-evaluate myself and see if I played a role in my termination for my actions or lack there of..

    Does it happen, of course for many reasons other than age, race etc..

    No, I would not hire you without knowing all the facts from the first one but filling a second suit..No not gonna risk it.
  7. by   Heart2015FNP
    Absolutely not! You're a liability risk. Unfortunately, the lawsuit was the demise of your nursing career. You would have a fighting chance if it was a class action case. Don't get me wrong, discrimination happens... and to many more than others everyday. Unfortunately, your opportunity to sue "everytime" you feel discriminated will backfire because your reputation is tarnished beyond repair due to the World Wide Web.
  8. by   SunshineSmile
    The discrimination was based on religion. The facility blatantly told me that they were taking away the job offer because of my religion. And the manager at the second place where I worked told me that she would not have hired me if she knew of my religion. Not sure if that makes a difference.
  9. by   Sun0408
    How does something like this even come up?? I mean, I know nothing of my co-workers, boss, MN etc religion and they know nothing about mine. Religion is a private matter. Did your religious beliefs place you in a situation where you could not do your job as a nurse..
  10. by   SunshineSmile
    Sabbath observer. I told them I could work Saturday nights and any time Sundays, but not from Friday sundown to to Saturday sunset. They wanted me to work alternate weekends, which is common, and did not want to make any acommodations. I have worked for a facility that had no problem with me working every Sundays instead of every other Sat, Sun. It's what they call in legal jargon as "reasonable acommodation."
  11. by   Sun0408
    I respect others religion even when I don't participate in it myself but to me it sounds like a nurse that could not work a schedule that was needed/desired for the company. To you, I see how you see it as religion based discrimination but to the employer it is staffing/ unit needs issue.

    Maybe you can find something PRN. You have more freedom in picking the days you work.
  12. by   Sun0408

    pulled this from the article...

    Religious Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation & Undue Hardship

    An employer does not have to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices if doing so would cause undue hardship to the employer. An accommodation may cause undue hardship if it is costly, compromises workplace safety, decreases workplace efficiency, infringes on the rights of other employees, or requires other employees to do more than their share of potentially hazardous or burdensome work.
  13. by   SunshineSmile
    Thank you for your input Sun0408. I guess it's a matter of how you look at it just like you mentioned. One employer could say it's "undue hardship" to make a particular schedule, but another could say that it's not a problem. I had employers tell me that it was not a problem to make accomodations, but they ended up not offering me a job for one reason or another. Per diem definitely would work... I am actually going into a nurse practitioner program soon and maybe that would change the entire situation. I am not sure....
  14. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Are you going to sue everyone who cannot offer you a job because you cannot work what are typically the two toughest shifts to staff? PRN would probably be a better fit. Or a M-F clinic setting. But I wouldn't even want to interview you for fear of getting caught in your web.
  15. by   Meriwhen
    A lot of whether I would hire a nurse who had sued prior facilities would depend on the nurse themselves and what they had to offer, as well as why they had felt the need to bring on litigation.

    While I respect one's desire to practice their religion, unfortunately you have chosen to enter--of your own free will--into a profession that has needs that must be met 24/7/365. Acute care doesn't close down because it's Saturday or Sunday or Ramadan or Easter or whatever day it is. Patients don't pack up and go home because of a religious observance. Someone has to be there to care for them.

    It's similar to what I've said in the past: if you're against abortion, don't go and apply to work at Planned Parenthood. Because you can't expect the hospital to change policy and procedure solely to accommodate your religion, especially if it's a hardship to them and to other employees. And in the 24/7/365 world of acute care, staff not being able to work on weekends may very well may be considered a bona-fide hardship to the employer.

    If you are absolutely adamant about not working on the Sabbath, I can respect that. However, I think you also need to be realistic in where you can successfully work because of that.

    I agree with the others--per-diem or a M-F job may offer you better chances of getting hired. Of course, if and when you enter into your own practice as a NP, you'll have a lot more control in where--and when--you work.