In Montgomery and across Alabama, when there are allegations of employment issues, it is often automatically perceived as a workaday person who says that he or she was confronted by different levels of mistreatment from harassment to retaliation to violation of rights and more. However, even professionals will make these claims. That includes doctors and lawyers. When an employer is dealing with the potential business and commercial fallout of allegations of employment violations, having a law firm that specializes in defending businesses is crucial.
A lawsuit has been filed by a doctor who was in charge of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. He says that he was wrongfully terminated after he tried to control the way internal reimbursement was handled. The lawsuit seeks $10 million. He is saying that his contract was breached and he did not receive due process. Other claims are made in the filing. The Medical Association of Alabama is also named in the lawsuit. It is a lobbying group and a doctor’s trade organization.
The doctor claims he wanted to alter the hefty consulting fees that some members of the board got for going to events that were not connected to their duties. It says that there were some members who received as much as $10,000 annually for travel and seminars. He felt this was illegal and wanted to tighten the guidelines for how they were reimbursed. He says he was forced out of his job last September when he was weeks away from presenting his proposed changes. He had a four-year contract when he was dismissed. It runs through July 2019.
It is inevitable that when a person is dismissed from a high-profile job that there might be a back and forth between the employee and the employer as to what happened. Allegations of wrongful termination are serious and public and private businesses and entities must remember that such allegations can cause a stain on reputations and mandates. Having legal assistance to defend against these charges is important and a business and commercial law firm can help.