- Discussion questions
- Case facts
- Problems and issues
- HR involvement
- How HR could have helped
- Did Paradise Valley Hospital have the right to discharge Karen Vogel?
- Is there an employment at will Policy?
- Implied contract
- HR: Protection in the future
- Overview of HR
Karen Vogel - Director of Nursing Conflict – DON vs. Hospital Administrator Mr. Anderson’s philosophy: “If you leave a problem alone long enough and it will go away” Karen sought guidance and support Mr. Anderson: “do your job or let someone else do it” Karen agreed in exchange for former position as Operating Room Supervisor.
[...] Anderson’s behavior Developed a program for upper-level management on how to resolve conflict in the workplace Did Paradise Valley Hospital have the right to discharge Karen Vogel? Termination Issues Mr. Anderson had the right to fire Karen regardless The manner in which she was dismissed could be viewed as unjustified Employment-at-Will Was there good cause for her termination? Implied Contract Mr. Anderson’s promise Permanent employee Karen maintains that she was considered a “permanent employee” according to Paradise Valley Hospital’s employee handbook Problem: No employee is permanent due to voluntary or involuntary turnover. [...]
[...] (legal actions) Paradise Valley Hospital Located in Phoenix, AZ 140 Bed Hospital Not-for-profit Employs almost 700 High occupancy rate of Serves a large Phoenix suburb of over 100,000 Less competitive then surrounding Hospitals Case Facts Karen Vogel - Director of Nursing Conflict DON vs. Hospital Administrator Mr. Anderson’s philosophy: you leave a problem alone long enough and it will go away” Karen sought guidance and support Mr. Anderson: your job or let someone else do Karen agreed in exchange for former position as Operating Room Supervisor Case Facts Mr. [...]
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