Woman claims termination due to complaints about illegal activities

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 9, 2012, 10:00am

GALVESTON - Alleging A-MED Management Inc. fired her for complaining about illegal activities at the workplace, Travis County resident Regina Alderete is pursuing legal action.

A lawsuit filed June 25 in Galveston County District Court states Alderete "witnessed several actions she believed to be contrary to company policy" and "outwardly" confronted and complained about these activities on numerous occasions.

The original petition says the defendant retaliated against her by creating "a hostile and unbearable work environment."

The complainant worked for the respondent as a community relations coordinator from Nov. 27, 2011, to earlier this year.

Alderete recalls being asked to commit several violations she believed went against state and federal anti-kickback and anti-solicitation laws, adding she overheard a conversation between two colleagues about falsifying home health face-to-face reports.

She says one of the parties in said conversation encouraged her to falsify mileage reimbursement only to subject her "to a hostile work environment through harassing behavior, bully tactics and verbal threats" upon her refusal to comply.

The plaintiff filed a formal complaint last Feb. 21, but was fired the next day.

Consequently, Alderete seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney John F. Nelson with Nelson Pursley PLLC in Houston.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1420

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