Paramedic Brings Whistleblower Claim

Valerie Sakr was a paramedic for Pennsylvania based Keystone Quality Transport before it merger with EMStar Medical Transport. She had wanted superiors that she smelled alcohol on a coworker, she alleges that the pair was pushed out on the road without investigation. When her cowoker almost caused an accident she reported him again, causing him to be recalled and his blood alcohol tested. He registered a .07, whereas .08 is the legal limit in PA.

Sakr called the Philadelphia Department of Health several days later and reported the incident, which lead to an investigation. It is alleged that after this incident she was encouraged to resign and was given unfavorable shifts as well as had vacations denied as retaliation. She was later terminated at the time of the merger.

The EMS service is now facing a whistle-blower lawsuit in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. These types of actions are increasing in frequency and cost, contact us today to discuss employment practices liability insurance.