Mayo Clinic in Minnesota Ordered to Reinstate Whistleblower

February 16, 2012

A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge has ordered Mayo Clinic to reinstate an employee who complained about the safety of the clinic’s vehicles.

Judge Daniel Solomon ruled Mayo unlawfully discriminated against courier James Seehusen, who delivered mail, samples and X-rays. He complained about a broken windshield on a vehicle and said the clinic failed to do required daily inspections of certain vehicles. Seehusen also said drivers didn’t have proper certification to operate the clinic’s shuttle bus.

Mayo argued Seehusen’s discipline and suspension was unrelated to his complaints. The Post-Bulletin reports the judge ruled Mayo failed to prove that the discipline would have happened regardless of Seehusen’s safety complaints.

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