Riverside Law Group Prevails in Whistleblower Hearing
July 5, 2023
Riverside Law Group, PLLC trial attorneys Matthew Crotty and Matthew Mensik obtained a second trial win in as many months. RLG represented the former Director of Human Resources at a public hospital district who asserted whistleblower retaliation against the hospital after she was terminated for reporting her concern that a hospital executive may have engaged in improper governmental action. RLG’s client reported to the hospital’s board of commissioners her concern that the executive may have (1) improperly accessed and disclosed HIPAA-protected patient information; (2) attended a job interview while on hospital time without taking personal leave; and (3) made discriminatory comments based on national origin.
RLG attorneys presented their client’s case in a five-day trial in April before Washington State’s Office of Administrative Hearings. The judge issued his decision on July 5, 2023, finding that the hospital retaliated against RLG’s client for her protected whistleblowing activities. The judge awarded RLG’s client more than $38,000 in back pay, attorneys’ fees and costs, and also ordered the former hospital CEO, current hospital CEO, and the hospital board chairperson to each personally pay additional civil monetary penalties for their retaliatory conduct.