A 40-year-old woman has filed suit after accusing her employer of wrongfully terminating her from a position at the New York Methodist Hospital's Center for Allied Health Education. According to the woman, who was a program director for seven months, she was fired after she discovered a safety risk at the Midwood teaching facility, and her employers were concerned that she would share her findings during an upcoming inspection by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
The safety hazard in question involved medical students without health clearances who were taking part in treating cancer patients. The woman stated that she reported the issue on more than one occasion and was told by her supervisors to not worry about the issue. Clearances require that individuals be screened for a variety of contagious diseases, including hepatitis and tuberculosis. These screenings are essential because cancer patients often have compromised immune systems because of treatments, making them very susceptible to a variety of bacterial and viral infections.