New York residents may be interested in a legal case that started when pop star Justin Bieber got injured playing soccer. A Long Island emergency room staffer is filing a wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit after she was accused of illegally accessing Bieber’s medical records when he visited the hospital for what he believed was an injured testicle.
Bieber went to Northwell Health in Long Island on May 18, 2017, and he was admitted for testicular injuries that he suffered while playing soccer. According to the plaintiff’s attorney, she had heard a rumor that Bieber had been admitted for a sexually transmitted disease. She says she did not believe that rumor and she did not access his medical records or have any contact with Bieber.
The attorney claims that when his client was accused of accessing the pop star patient’s records, she denied the accusations, and then it was implied that she must have been curious about Bieber’s condition because she is a young woman. Her attorney says that she was fired from her job because of the accusation, and that the accusation was made because of her gender. The plaintiff is charging wrongful discharge and gender discrimination. An administrative action was filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights on Aug. 29.
Employers do not have a right to fire employees if their reason is based on prejudice due to race, gender, age or any other reason that is related to a protected class. People who feel that they have illegally targeted might want to discuss the facts of their case with an employment law attorney.