Caregiver Fired After Reporting Abuse of Vulnerable Residents

A former employee is suing the company that owns and operate a long term care facility where she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated. The woman was employed as a caregiver at the defendant's facility in June of 2010, according to a complaint filed in Circuit Court.

The woman claims during her employment she became aware that a patient had suffered abuse by staff members in violation of state and federal regulations and reported the incident of abuse by placing a phone call to Adult Protective Services. The employee claims she was confronted by management personnel shortly after reporting the incident. The management proceeded to question and threaten her for reporting the abuse, according to the suit.

The former caregiver claims that the management then informed her that they would accept her resignation. When she did not resign, her employment was terminated. Caregivers are mandatory reporter required by law to report any suspected abuse. The woman is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest in Circuit Court. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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