Northwell sues former employee for posting 'disturbing' content from morgue

New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health filed suit against a former employee for allegedly posting graphic photos and videos from the morgue at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. 

The suit was filed April 28 in Nassau County Supreme Court and alleges Quantaise Sharpton worked in the morgue at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for 45 days before being terminated in March for sharing "macabre" photos and videos, including "a late stillbirth, internal organs and amputated body parts." 

 The suit claims Ms. Sharpton posted the content on her social media accounts in an attempt to gain followers. 

 "In one post, Sharpton confesses to being 'obsessed with autopsies' and, in another, asks her thousands of followers 'What are some things you guys would like to see?'" the health system said in court documents. 

 Upon learning of the unauthorized posts, Northwell terminated the defendant and directed her to remove the content from her social media and cellphone before leaving. Personnel at Long Island Jewish Medical Center watched Ms. Sharpton do so, but she allegedly reposted the content after being terminated, and still has "an archive of photos and videos" from the morgue in her possession. 

 Northwell is seeking compensatory damages and a court order for Ms. Sharpton to remove any content from the LIJMC morgue from social media and to delete any archive of related content. 

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