Lawsuit alleges Nacogdoches hospital employee fired for refusal to break law

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 10:57 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:56 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Attorney Tanner Franklin is representing Susan McCollum and going against her previous employer in a wrongful termination suit.

According to Franklin, McCollum allegedly was fired after 34 years on the job with her employer, a for-profit entity, Lion Star that bought the hospital in July 2021

In the suit, Franklin said McCollum remained in her same position as director of facilities during the transition and later discovered the new management had not been paying sales taxes. After raising concerns to her administrators, the suit alleges she was ordered not to include them.

Federal Lawsuit has been filed against Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital

McCollum reported to the Texas comptroller’s office on April 27 and was terminated on June 9. Her suit alleges the hospital told her they wanted to go into a different direction.

Franklin said for this federal case they are seeking compensation against Lion Star for McCollum losing her job, including back pay, benefits, and front pay. A dollar amount is not yet specified. “The jury here in this type of case also can asses punitive damages against lion star, which are damages that are designed to tell lion star this conduct is unacceptable in Texas. We don’t tolerate people firing their employees simply because their employees won’t do something illegal,” said Franklin

KTRE reached out to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for a statement Thursday but have yet to hear back.

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