Laura Wakil, M.D., a psychiatrist, has sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and related Kaiser organizations for violation of the state health and safety code, retaliation, negligent supervision, and wrongful constructive termination. (Constructive termination is a situation in which an employee claims mistreatment that effectively forced a resignation.)
In a suit filed in superior court, Wakil says she was hired by Kaiser's Vista facility after her husband was transferred to San Diego. She says she complained about patients' and her own safety and her supervisors retaliated, creating a hostile work environment that led to her constructive termination.
In the suit, she complains of Kaiser's "failure to provide adequate staffing" that compromised patient care.
Kaiser says Wakil voluntarily resigned in April. "She was not terminated and we dispute the allegations she has made," says Kaiser.