A Winston, Missouri, woman is suing the hospital she worked at for more than 14 years, alleging she was fired for her age.
Linda Young, 56, said she began working at Cameron Regional Medical Center as a nurse in August of 2004. Her employment was allegedly terminated by the director of nursing at CRMC on Nov. 8, 2018, with the director allegedly stating that the only positions available were in night OB and that Young would not want that job.
When Young went to the hospital administrator the following day, she was allegedly told, “There are some places that once you get to a certain age, they fire you for no reason at all,” the suit contends.
According to the petition, Young was an adequate employee of CRMC who rose through the ranks throughout her tenure, first working as a staff nurse in the day surgery department, then being promoted to day surgery supervisor after two years and finally being promoted to the pre-surgery coordinator and Medicare bundling committee after 11 years of employment.
Young alleges she was never offered another position, the OB night positions were not posted at the time of her termination and that she was told she was being cut for budget purposes, though she was the only nurse fired. Young claims that CRMC favored younger nurses, transferring new nurses to her old department after her termination and promoting a younger nurse to a position that Young would have been qualified for.
The petition against CRMC alleges that Young suffered lost wages, retirement benefits, medical benefits, future lost wages and benefits, medical expanses, mental anguish, emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Young is asking that CRMC pay for these damages, including back pay, future pay, lost benefits and all actual and compensatory damages to which she believes she is entitled.
News-Press NOW reached out to Cameron Regional Medical Center about the petition, which was filed on Wednesday, but has not yet received an official statement on the subject.