UVa has agreed to pay the five fired hospital employees $22,000, or roughly three months of severance pay per person. The former employees can reapply for their jobs, and UVa says that they’ll be considered the same as any other applications. One of the plaintiffs likened the the settlement to pacifying a child, that UVa provided just enough to quiet the ex-employees. Reed Williams has the story in today’s Progress.
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Well duh, who didn’t see this one coming? This only confirms what supporters of the emplyees have said all along: what UVA did was blatantly illegal, and there is no way the hospital could win a court battle over this. And UVA seems to know this, judging from their offer. However, I can’t help but wonder if it would make more sense for the plaintiffs to refuse the offer and stick in there in the court case, suing them for hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps even millions? After all, there is no gauruntee that any of these people will get their job back if they take the hospital’s deal, and even so, $22,000 is pretty paltry in comparison to how much they could get out of a lawsuit. Then again, I don’t know whether the plaintiffs are suing for damages or not.
I gathered from the article that the plaintiffs (being as how they don’t have any money, since they lost their jobs) pretty much had to take the settlement, out of basic financial need. Bummer.
Good grief, they could have at least had the decency to pay them $22,000 each.
Bad UVA hospital! Bad!
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