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Longtime Kaiser employee claims wrongful termination

A 15 year employee of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has filed suit against the company for wrongful termination, discrimination, libel, and a host of other matters related to her firing in May.

Antionette Abram claims that two other employees at Kaiser’s Clairemont Mesa laboratory became openly hostile with her in 2010, an expressed an intent to “cause her problems in the workplace,” according to Abram’s complaint.

Responsible for making sure the laboratory was clear and all samples processed that day had been shipped out before leaving work, Abram says that the other employees intentionally hid and/or discarded samples, then retrieved them before she arrived at work in the morning and placed them in random locations, creating the appearance that she had not properly performed her closing tasks the day prior.

Complaints to management and her union representative did not help matters for several months, the complaint continues. In July of 2010, one of the harassing coworkers left a collection of blood samples unattended, in violation of Kaiser policy and witnessed by several of Abram’s other coworkers. She and the others then elevated the complaint to a higher-ranking supervisor. The incident resulted in the termination of the worker, though when the second supervisor was transferred out of the lab Abram says her immediate boss Linda Mercurio was angry about having the failures in her department exposed to senior management and began seeking a reason to terminate her.

The harassment continues, Abram claims, including in a meeting with a union rep after she’d been placed on involuntary leave and was accused of “stealing company property” for using water obtained at her office building to rinse off the window of her car.

Abram seeks both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as to have her employment at Kaiser reinstated.

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A 15 year employee of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has filed suit against the company for wrongful termination, discrimination, libel, and a host of other matters related to her firing in May.

Antionette Abram claims that two other employees at Kaiser’s Clairemont Mesa laboratory became openly hostile with her in 2010, an expressed an intent to “cause her problems in the workplace,” according to Abram’s complaint.

Responsible for making sure the laboratory was clear and all samples processed that day had been shipped out before leaving work, Abram says that the other employees intentionally hid and/or discarded samples, then retrieved them before she arrived at work in the morning and placed them in random locations, creating the appearance that she had not properly performed her closing tasks the day prior.

Complaints to management and her union representative did not help matters for several months, the complaint continues. In July of 2010, one of the harassing coworkers left a collection of blood samples unattended, in violation of Kaiser policy and witnessed by several of Abram’s other coworkers. She and the others then elevated the complaint to a higher-ranking supervisor. The incident resulted in the termination of the worker, though when the second supervisor was transferred out of the lab Abram says her immediate boss Linda Mercurio was angry about having the failures in her department exposed to senior management and began seeking a reason to terminate her.

The harassment continues, Abram claims, including in a meeting with a union rep after she’d been placed on involuntary leave and was accused of “stealing company property” for using water obtained at her office building to rinse off the window of her car.

Abram seeks both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as to have her employment at Kaiser reinstated.

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Huh? For no reason at all, there's this mysterious conspiracy to make it look like she isn't doing her job? Sorry, but if she engenders that level of hatred in the workplace, she's got to go.

Sept. 25, 2012

You clown, Kaiser is KNOWN and notorious for unethical and unlawful work place management, and there is NO DOUBT that the claim has merit.

Sept. 25, 2012

Agreed. But outsiders seldom really know the whole story. There are nuances to the whole situation that can result in some very strange goings-on, and that's why a judge or jury is needed to sort it all out. If she's really a victim, I wish her well.

Sept. 26, 2012

Kaiser is very unethcal, and they have been sued tens of thousnds of times, and they ALWAYS fight a lawsuit, throw money at it-it is their strategy- out spend the otherside.

Sept. 26, 2012

I am interested to know who is the lawyer handling this case as I need legal representation on a similar situation

Jan. 26, 2013

I feel like I have been mentally abused since I joined Kaiser. There is so much they are doing wrong. Basically, they want you to work like a robot without any feelings. You put your heart and soul into your work, and in return you only get criticism and unfair treatment. I can't wait to get out of this organization. There has to be something better out there!

Aug. 26, 2017

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