Bracewell’s Bob Nichols recently addressed with Healthcare Risk Management the handling of whistleblower complaints from healthcare industry personnel during the COVID-19 response. Some employers appeared to retaliate against those whistleblowers, raising questions about how such complaints should be handled.
“An employee can file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board if the employee suffers some adverse action for speaking out about some workplace condition, and the board will investigate. If the board finds merit, it will pursue administrative action against the employer to force corrective action,” Nichols says. “Many states, including New York, Texas, and California, have laws that specifically protect hospital and other healthcare workers against retaliation for raising good-faith, healthcare-related health or safety concerns.”