A former employee for Siemens is claiming that she lost her job because she spoke out about issues she had with the company's medical records system. She alleges that she lost her job after voicing her concerns at the West Virginia facility. At the time of her report, Siemens was apparently being investigated for fraudulently obtaining contracts. The plaintiff threatened to take legal action against the company for being fired unjustly but was given her job back seven months later.
Although her complaint with the company had been settled, it was not the end. As part of her settlement, she was to be reinstated for two years. Once that period had ended, the plaintiff alleges she was subjected to an uncomfortable work environment. She claims she was subjected to physical injury as well as intentionally inflicted duress, which forced her to quit her job.
She further claims that the company did not pay her all of her wages. The plaintiff's paid time off and "call pay" was allegedly not given in a timely fashion, which reportedly violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. According to her complaint, the company did give her some of the money she was owed, but it did not give her everything.
The woman filed a complaint against Siemens, claiming she was fired unjustly and seeking monetary damages, including her unpaid wages. It is unlawful for employers to fire a worker for acting as a whistleblower. West Virginia employees who find themselves in similar situations may choose to file a civil complaint against the company. If the court rules in favor of the claimant, he or she may be awarded financial relief as well as possibly being reinstated.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Woman accuses Siemens of wrongful termination", Annie Cosby, Oct. 20, 2014