May 25, 2012
Three former nurses at Hebert Nursing Home in Rhode Island are suing the nursing home for unfair treatment, including being fired or forced to quit, after they reported the sexual nursing home abuse of an elderly female resident with Alzheimer’s.
The nurses reported that the elderly resident was being repeatedly sexually abused by her two daughters. Under threat from government agencies that the nursing home’s Medicare and Medicaid provider status would be removed the, the nursing home formed a corrective action plan but never admitted to the abuse.
The nurses claim that after they reported the abuse they were subjected to harassment, cut back hours, pressure to change their statements, suspensions, and either being fired or being forced to quit.
The lawsuit claims the nursing home violated the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act which protects workers from discrimination and termination if they report violations of laws or regulations.
We encourage our visitors to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you or a loved one was a victim of any form of nursing home abuse or neglect.