Nursing Homes Fined for Punishing "Whistle-Blowers"
In one state regulators are imposing some of their first-ever fines against care facilities accused of retaliating against whistle-blowing caregivers. Two nursing homes have each been fined $5,000 by the Department of Inspections and Appeals. An assisted living center has also been fined $1,000.
The fines represent the maximum civil penalty for retaliation committed by nursing homes and assisted living centers. The three facilities are accused of threatening, demoting or firing employees who reported concerns about resident care and treatment to the inspections department.
The mandatory reporting law, which is designed to protect care facility residents, makes it a crime for caregivers to keep silent about suspected abuse or neglect. But because that law, too, is rarely enforced, caregivers who fail to report abuse have little to fear, while those who follow the law risk retaliation. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter,Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Fri, March 19, 2010
by Kristie Pierce