NorthEast Medical Center, Concord, N.C., was accused in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of firing a black employee in 2005 because of his race.
In a statement, NorthEast Medical Center denied the allegations and pledged to defend itself vigorously in court.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., the 365-bed hospital contends that it fired the employee for making untruthful statements during an internal investigation into a missing computer component. The EEOC alleges that one or more white employees engaged in similar behavior without being fired. The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction to bar the hospital from engaging in discriminatory employment practices.
The lawsuit also seeks compensation for the fired employee for past and future earning losses and punitive damages. NorthEast Medical Center agreed last month to become part of Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C. Both organizations are not-for-profit. -- by Vince Galloro