PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A former employee of a Portland nursing home has filed a lawsuit against the facility for $575,000, alleging she was fired in 2014 for reporting that a patient had been wounded because of neglectful care.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Stacy Molina, who worked as a nursing assistant, says other employees failed to properly care for her patient while she was on leave with the flu. She claims she returned to work to find the man had developed a large, infected wound on his leg.
Molina says she turned over photos of the wound to a medical educator to try to report what she considered was medical neglect.
The lawsuit says she was then fired for sharing the photos, which her supervisors said violated the patient’s medical privacy.
Molina claims she was fired for bringing attention to the alleged neglect.