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Nursing home employees wrongfully fired after they reported cases of abuse

Three employees of the Glasgow nursing home in West Virginia, owned and operated by often troubled Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services, Inc., filed wrongful termination suits against the home last week.

The suit alleges the employees were fired after they reported cases of abuse or neglect to the management of the home. Many states, including Illinois, have laws that protect employees who report cases of abuse and neglect from being wrongfully terminated. In fact, in Illinois, recent legislation mandates that employees of nursing homes report instances of abuse and neglect within 4 hours of the occurrence or risk being charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

In one instance at the Glasgow home, one of the employees reported that another nurse had falsely charted a patient’s treatment. The next day the employee was called into the nursing director’s office and warned not to be a “trouble maker” and a “tattle tale.”

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