U.Va. settles with 5 fired employees
University worked out a resolution between the Medical
Center and five former employees who were suing U.Va. on the
grounds that they were fired unjustly, officials announced Aug.
representing both sides had met several times in hopes of working
out an agreement. As a result, the five plaintiffs will receive
a lump sum payment of $22,000 to be allocated among them
to help cover their expenses while looking for new employment.
This is equal to approximately three months of severance pay per
we believed the law supported these difficult personnel decisions,
said Paul J. Forch, general counsel for the University, the
University administration committed its lawyers to negotiating
a practical resolution with the former employees and their lawyers
that would provide temporary assistance to them while they pursued
plaintiffs firings came after the alleged sexual assaults
of two patients by a Medical Center employee who had been convicted
of a felony prior to being hired by the Medical Center. In the
aftermath of the allegations, the Medical Center took numerous
corrective steps to protect its patients, including a review of
all temporary and probationary employees. It fired those employees
plaintiffs were suing for back pay and for the right to return
to their former jobs or similar ones at the Medical Center.
attorneys had asked for a motion to dismiss the case, based on
the fact that the employees had either temporary or probationary
status all of them having worked fewer than six months
and no contractual agreement with the University. Under
state policy, both the employee and the employer are free to terminate
the employment at any time during that six-month period.
of the settlement also noted that there would be no attorneys
fees, no confidentiality clauses and no job reinstatements.