Officials, Fired Medical Center Employees Come To Amicable Resolution
5, 2001-- University
of Virginia officials announced today that an amicable resolution
was reached between the University Medical Center and five former
employees who were suing the University on the grounds that they
were fired unjustly.
Attorneys 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 person.
"While 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 alternative employment."
The 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 who had previous criminal records. All
five involved in the suit had previous records.
The plaintiffs were suing for back
pay and for the right to return to their former jobs or similar
ones at the Medical Center.
University 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
Terms of the settlement also noted
that there would be no attorneys fees, no confidentiality
clauses, and no job reinstatements.
Contact: Marguerite Beck, (434) 924-1501