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NLRB Ruling: Former Employee Statements Against Central Peninsula Hospital Were Protected - Archived
Central Peninsula Hospital announces that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge has handed down a ruling that former employee, Ray Southwell, was wrongfully terminated in 2010.
The Administrative Law Judge ruled that Mr. Southwell’s public statements against the hospital were protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that he could not be fired for making them. The decision included an order for CPH to reinstate Mr. Southwell to his former position and to provide restitution in the form of back pay.
The NLRB proceedings did not address whether Mr. Southwell’s statements were in fact true or false and misleading to the public, but whether they were deliberately or maliciously false and made with a reckless disregard for the truth.
CPH, formally Central Peninsula General Hospital, Inc. was established in 1971. It remains a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital providing state-of-the-art medical services without taxing the community. CPH currently employs approximately 700 Peninsula residents.