Ochsner sued by woman for wrongful termination after workplace injury

Kyle Barnett Nov. 14, 2012, 7:38am

GRETNA – A St. Bernard woman is suing a hospital that formerly employed her claiming wrongful termination after a workplace injury.

Lashara Ward filed suit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 8. Ward claims she was employed by Ochsner as a respiratory therapist when she was allegedly injured on the job on Aug. 3, 2010. The plaintiff alleges that while she was still under a doctor's care for the injury in December 2011 she received a letter notifying her she had been terminated from her position. Ward asserts that she had been an exemplary employee and there were never any complaints over her work performance.

The defendant is accused of violating Louisiana Workers' Compensation statutes.

Damages in the amount of one year's pay at $420 per week for a total of $21,840 is sought in addition to attorney's fees and court costs.

Ward is represented by Steven M. Koenig of New Orleans-based Valteau, Harris, Koenig & Mayer.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 719-823.

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