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Florida Nursing Home Watchdog Files Lawsuit After Being Fired

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Former Florida nursing home watchdog Brian Lee has filed a lawsuit In Leon County against the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Florida Health Care Association, and the Florida Assisted Living Association, alleging they forced him to resign his position for doing his job.

Lee has been the state’s ombudsman for assisted living facilities and nursing homes for nearly eight years. He said “What they did turned my life upside down… They took me from a program that I loved — because it gave me the opportunity to help people — and then left the position vacant during a period when the program was most under assault and had nobody to stand up for it. It tore me up inside to watch everything we worked so hard for being dismantled. And it’s still happening,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The lawsuit says that all of Lee’s previous evaluations were stellar, and that the US Administration of Aging is investigating whether his dismissal violates federal law against political interference in the program, because of Gov. Rick Scotts involvement in the firing. The lawsuit also alleges that industry officials clashed with Lee and sought his removal, especially for his whistleblower activities against the Department of Elder Affairs.

The lawsuit says Lee suffered emotional distress and mental pain and suffering, and seeks damages in excess of $15,000. disclaimer: This article: Florida Nursing Home Watchdog Files Lawsuit After Being Fired was posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 8:03 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits, Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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