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Whistleblowers may face termination after reporting wrongdoing

A woman in another state claimed she was terminated from her job after reporting that her employer was breaking federal rules. She has therefore decided to file a whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area are protected by the law, so if they face retaliation, they have the right to seek justice.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman asserted that her employer, a medical practice offering addiction treatment and primary care, violated regulations concerning a medication designed to help wean patients off opioids, such as heroin. In addition, the practice is accused of not following rules involving the administration of a drug called Suboxone, whose administration must be monitored carefully. According to the plaintiff, staff at the medical office prescribed the drug without actually having the authority to do it.

In addition, staff are accused of harassing patients through social media to purchase prescribed medications. Staff also allegedly pilfered prescription pads with the goal of writing their own prescriptions illegally. The plaintiff claimed that her firing occurred after she had reported these issues to the Drug Enforcement Agency as well as the Attorney General's Office in the state.  

As part of her lawsuit, the woman is pursuing back wages along with other compensation. Any whistleblowers in the Bay Area who have been fired or faced hostile work environments after reporting illegal activity or workplace violations have the right to take legal action. The reinstatement of a job or monetary relief may result from a successfully litigated case.

Source: timesunion.com, "Whistleblower accuses Troy medical office of breaking opioid medication rules", Claire Hughes, Sept. 19, 2017

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