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Former employee files lawsuit against KU Hospital, alleging discrimination

December 27, 2012

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A former employee at Kansas University Hospital filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging employment discrimination that led to her being fired.

Melinda Garcia, who is Hispanic, contends in the suit that she was subject to discrimination based on her nationality, race and mental health issues.

Garcia cited a variety of allegations related to how her former supervisor treated her between June 2011 and March 2012. Specifically, Garcia contends that she was treated poorly and that private information about her mental illness was shared with other staff members.

It was not immediately clear what position Garcia held at the hospital.

Garcia filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September, but the commission was "unable to conclude that the information obtained established violations," according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Garcia was fired, but when that occurred is unclear. She is seeking $158,000 in damages.

Jill Chadwick, a spokeswoman with KU Hospital, said because the case is ongoing, they couldn't yet speak to the allegations.

"However, I can tell you they are counter to the culture here at the University of Kansas Hospital," Chadwick said.

Comments

happyrearviewmirror 1 year, 11 months ago

At least the KU Med supervisors sound more enlightened and humane than the KU HR in Lawrence. These bad people seem to have no problem publicly defaming staffers who make legitimate civil rights complaints with cruel smears of mental health problems. Actually though, they are the crazy ones, and any community who tolerates that level of dishonesty and inequality probably counts itself liberal only according to some very handicapped Kansan standards from the 18th-century.

Worse yet, the Douglas County Court does not even bother to ensure the University has met internal due process requirements before prosecuting people. Obviously, the KU HR are not angels. They seem to form the local criminal class. You 'd think the DA's would think to check that the HR hadn't screwed someone over royally before filing "harassment" charges on their behalf. No, they must just want to put another notch on their careerist belt not to serve justice. The KU lawyers and HR seem to have the DA's and local police in their pockets. It's a nasty, corrupt situation.

honestyku 1 year, 11 months ago

TAKE IT FROM ME. AS A FORMER KU EMPLOYEE WHO WAS UNJUSTLY FIRED AFTER 20 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY LIKE I DID. I SPENT OVER 25 THOUSAND TO PROVE THE TRUTH AGAINST KU. YOU WILL NVER WIN. THEY HAVE ALL THE MONEY THEY NEED TO OVERSPEND YOU. I KNOW IT HURTS AND YOU WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT. PROB IS IT NEVER WILL. KU LIES ABOUT ITS EMPLOYEES AND HR WONT HELP. NEITHER THE KU POLICE OR ANY ONE ELSE. LET IT GO. AS FOR THE EEOC ITS A WASTE OF TIME. HR WILL STAND UP FOR YOUR BOSSES AND CALL YOU A LIAR WHEN IT TRUTH THEY LIE AND COVER UP. TAKE IT FROM ME LET IT GO UNLESS YOU HAVE A LAWYER WHO WILL DO IT FOR FREE UNLESS YOU WIN. I WENT PRO SE AND KU WILL RIP YOU APART WITH LIES AND HALFTRUTHS. THATS AL I CAN SAY. JUST LET IT GO AND DONT SPEND YOUR LIFE SAVINGS LIKE I DID.

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