Texas Guide to Healthcare Retaliation Claims
As a nurse or other healthcare worker, you care about patient safety and should report patient safety and code violations to your superiors and the government. The law protects you from employer dismissal or harrassment for making such important reports
Texas Law Regarding Healthcare Employee RetaliationTexas law, specifically Tex. Health & Safety Code Sec. 161.134, prevents hospitals or health care facilities from firing, demoting or harassing an employee for reporting any of the following issues to a superior, co-worker, administrator, or enforcement agency: (1) Patient abuse or neglect; (2) Unprofessional or unethical behavior; or (3) Code or legal violations.
Statute of Limitations: 180 DaysYou must act quickly against the hospital. If you don't file suit within 180 days, you lose all of your legal rights to sue the hospital for retaliation.
Remedies and Legal RightsPotential remedies for your hospital or healthcare facility employer's retaliation include: (1) reinstatement to your previous position; (2) lost wages; (3) loss of fringe benefits; (4) seniority rights; (5) exemplary damages; and (6) attorneys' fees.