A Case Study of the Washington Hospital Center

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An overview of the case Washington DC's largest private hospital fired a total of 11 nurses as well as 5 support staff members who had failed to go to work at time when the back-to-back snowstorms that rocked and paralyzed the operations in the region. Several more members of the Washington Hospital Center also faced internal investigations and it was originally not clear how many employees would lose their jobs. This prompted the Nurses United of the National Capital Region to file a class-action grievance with the private healthcare institution (Vargas,2010). The problem arose from the fact that the healthcare institution's "Declared Weather (Or Other) Emergency" policy never stated that employees who failed to report to work would be terminated. What the policy stated was that the unscheduled absences' as well as late arrivals that took place during a declared weather emergency are never counted whenever the attendance issues are being addresses. The same applies to early departures that are non authorized (Kearns, 2010).In this paper, we discuss the legal issues that surround the case of the Washington nurses getting fired for not reporting to work during a the back-to-back snowstorms that rocked and paralyzed the operations in the region. Can one be fired for not reporting to work or leaving work during a declared state of emergency? Well it is a fact of life that snowstorms and other forms of emergencies are real situations that affect the livelihood of people in
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