Nurse files wrongful termination suit against Orchard Hospital

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 6, 2019

OROVILLE – A Sutter County resident of East Indian heritage alleges he was wrongfully terminated from his job as a nurse by a Gridley hospital.

Jason Chima filed a complaint on Jan. 28 in the Butte Superior Court against Orchard Hospital, Michael Hinman and Does 1 through 50 alleging discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and other counts.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 19, 2013, Chima entered into an employee agreement with defendant Orchard for a per diem position as a registered nurse. 

He alleges during his employment, he was subjected to unwanted discriminatory conduct because of his race and national origin. He alleges he requested human resources investigate his claims of discrimination and harassment.

Afterward, the suit states the plaintiff was placed under investigation for alleged charting errors, was placed on leave without pay and was eventually terminated April 9, 2018.

The plaintiff holds Orchard Hospital, Hinman and Does 1 through 50 responsible because the defendants' termination of him allegedly was because on his protected activities.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages, attorneys' fees, costs of suit, punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, and for such other and further relief as the court may deem proper and just. He is represented by Larry L. Baumbach and Jennifer L. Newkirk of Law Offices of Larry L. Baumbach in Chico.

Butte Superior Court Case number 19CV00307

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