Former nurses accuse Alaska hospital of age discrimination

Five former nurses are suing South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, alleging that they were forced out of their positions based on age, according to radio station KBBI.

The former nurses — who are in their 50s — accuse the hospital of forcing them out in favor of younger, less expensive workers, the KBBI report states. They contend that the hospital should be liable for bullying them into leaving or terminating them.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Louise St. Laurent and Chris Long, who were co-assistant managers of surgical services at the hospital; former anesthesia nurse Brian Miller; and former nurses Laurie Stargel and Katherine White.

One plaintiff accuses South Peninsula of abruptly canceling her contract after she asked about benefits in 2017, while others claim they were bullied and laid off in favor of less experienced workers, according to the report.

South Peninsula management and the law firm that  filed the lawsuit declined KBBI’s requests for comment. A hospital spokesperson told the station the hospital had not seen the complaint.

 

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