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March 6, 2014

Jail nurse files complaint

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Brown further claims the termination was in retaliation for her disclosure of the physician’s drug-related discipline and refusing to participate in the decision to hire the physician.

Brown is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, including but not limited to: all back wages and benefits, all appropriate front pay and benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, emotional distress and compensatory damages and “such further and additional relief as the court in its discretion deems appropriate and just.”

Count II specifies Brown seeks retaliatory discharge-punitive damages because she has suffered and will continue to suffer and incur loss of income, loss of benefits, emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation. Brown states the defendant’s retaliatory termination was punitive and malicious and seeks punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $75,000.

In Count III, Brown claims her termination violates the Illinois Whistleblower Act, noting in the complaint that shortly after the sheriff’s department hired Dr. M.H. his employment was terminated as a result of attempting to break into a medicine cabinet.

Brown seeks in Count III attorneys’ fees pursuant to the Illinois Whistleblower Act and such damages in excess of $75,000 as the court finds necessary to compensate Brown for the damages imposed on her by the defendant.

Brown demands a trial by jury on all counts, information states.

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