A LVN working in adol unit who didn't know the patient and thought he was an engineer who came to fix doors. Pt left unit and called family from outside. Family calls the unit. No ROI for family members. Nurse doing rounds checked him off as sleeping. I got terminated since when family called I didn't go in to check on the patient. The nurse assigned to do rounds reported to me as sleeping. Also I couldn't provide any information to family. The nurse who cared for this patient also got terminated since she also talked to family. The nurse who did rounds at 5:30 didnot get terminated because she didnot talk to family. Patient left unit at 5:25 per our termination letter. Is this discrimination? Union filed grievance. Going to mediation soon.
These facts do not constitute unlawful discrimination. Your recourse is with your union. Be glad the union will carry the grievance. Be prepared for a letter from BVNPT at some point.
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As mentioned it is good that you are in a Union, because that gives you the right to file a grievance. Here are a couple important things to do: (1) review the agreement between your Union and the employer (sometimes called an MOU or CBA) and specifically check the grievance procedure section, (2) understand your basis for a grievance (discrimination involves such things as firing you or forcing you to quit because of your race, gender, age (over 40), ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) however there may be another basis (see link to Teamster grievance guide), (3) make sure you prepare and pursue your grievance in the manner provided in the grievance procedure, (4) get prepared for your case with the proper documents, witnesses, etc., (5) discuss your approach to the mediation with your Union Rep. and (6) understand what the next grievance step is if you lose at mediation. Good Luck!
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