Lawyer Questions Legality of 210 Layoffs at Cooper Green Mercy in Alabama
Last week, 210 employees at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., were placed on administrative leave without pay, but a lawyer is saying the workforce reduction does not comply with federal regulations, according to an Alabama Media Group report.
Jefferson County officials notified Cooper Green's CEO, medical director, clerks, staff nurses, patient care technicians and others last week that they would be placed on administrative leave.
The workforce changes coincide with the hospital's transformation to an urgent care center with primary and subspecialty outpatient clinics. That change will go into effect Jan. 1, when the hospital will cease inpatient care.
Emory Anthony, JD, said the county violated the consent decree. He said "the county's attempts to proceed with the layoffs under a 2010 administrative order 'is a violation of the employees' property right, which is set out under the reduction in force section in...the personnel board's rules," according to the report.
County officials maintain that the workforce decisions were lawful, according to the report.
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