Wrongful termination of an employee refusing to join an unethical scheme.
This high profile suit involved the wrongful termination of an employee because he would not participate in an unethical scheme. The doctor was previously employed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He was a former head of cardiology there, demoted and subsequently let go two years later when his contract expired. Our counsel argued that he was dismissed because he protested an arrangement wherein UMDNJ was making money with area doctors enabling them to teach part-time in exchange for bringing in more surgical business. The case appeared on the front page of the New Jersey Star Ledger and launched a probe by the United States Attorney that resulted in several front page stories surrounding the investigation. The terminated employee was awarded $2.2 million. (Attorney Greg Noble handled the case.)