Former manager of Samaritan’s Womens Clinic in Newport files “whistleblower” lawsuit against her now former employer.
Former Samaritan Womens Health Clinic manager Cara Ammons, who was recently laid off her job at Samaritan’s Newport facility, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Pacific Communities Hospital, its parent corporation and individually against her former boss Mark Brunette and hospital administrator David Bigelow.
In a demand for a jury trial, Ammons claims that she was the victim of threats by her supervisor Mark Brunette of dismissal if she did not back away from her allegations that a particular doctor was not following proper medical standards of practice, even endangering patients, among other claims. Ammons said not only was she, Ammons, eventually terminated illegally, the hospital also terminated another doctor who had also made complaints about the situation.
Ammons contends in her lawsuit, that prior to her termination, stress levels on her job grew more intense, and so she requested family time off as provided under Oregon state law. She contended that she was threatened by Brunette with dismissal if she did not comply with the wishes of hospital management and withdraw her request. She said, through her suit, that she did not back down. A short time later, she said, she was terminated under orders from hospital administrator David Bieglow. Ammons contends in her lawsuit that up to the point of her complaint she had received consistently high ratings for her job competence and performance as the Womens Clinic Manager.
Ammons, in her claim for damages, seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for violation of her federal and state law protections, including whistleblower protection, and for retaliation against her.