Cook County in Illinois to Pay $2.6M to 3 Fired Physicians

Cook County commissioners approved a $2.6 million settlement to three physicians who, in two federal lawsuits, claimed they were illegally laid off in 2007 from Provident Hospital in Chicago, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

In the first lawsuit, Vietta Johnson, MD, and Daniel Ivankovich, MD, claimed they were terminated from their positions at the hospital because they supported union organizing activities. The physicians also claimed they were fired for criticizing Cook County for skimping on patient care funding and spending too much on administrative salaries and other non-patient items.

In the second lawsuit, Karen Nash, MD, claimed the county and supervisors discriminated against her in her termination, affecting her pay and how she was treated at Provident. Dr. Nash is African-American.

The physicians said they were all laid off on the pretext of budget cuts, according to the report.

Comments from the plaintiffs or Cook County were not included in the report.

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