New Law Gives Expanded Whistleblower Protection to Health Care Workers

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On April 2, 2002, Governor Pataki signed into law Labor Law section 741 specifically addressed to protecting health care workers who report incidents of improper patient care. The statute prohibits retaliation against health care workers who report violations to their employer or government agencies. Aggrieved individuals can maintain a lawsuit for damages including reinstatement, back pay, and attorney’s fees. Employers are also liable for fines of up to $10,000.

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