In a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy and age discrimination brought by a psychiatric nurse against a San Diego hospital, CDF filed a motion for summary judgment. We argued that the nurse in question was terminated instead to promote the public policy of safety for patients in need of psychiatric care. The hospital was adamantly unwilling to settle, reasoning that settlement with a nurse who endangered a patient entrusted to the hospital’s care was an unacceptable risk to the hospital’s reputation. Faced with both the hospital’s refusal to settle, and the attorney’s strong motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff simply dismissed her claims rather than oppose summary judgment.
Superior Court of California, County of San Diego