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Texas Supreme Court Hears Argument in Parkland Whistleblower Case

A lawyer for a demoted Parkland Memorial Hospital trauma surgeon on Wednesday urged the Texas Supreme Court to protect the doctor and other government employees who report wrongdoing through internal channels. Failing to do so would leave Texas whistle-blowers in a “really precarious position,” said a Dallas lawyer who represents Dr. Larry Gentilello. Gentilello has been trying since 2007 to get his retaliation claims against UT Southwestern Medical Center heard by a jury. He alleges that UTSW demoted him as head of its surgical burn, trauma and critical care unit after he reported to his supervisor that faculty physicians weren’t properly supervising resident doctors. The medical center is fighting to get the lawsuit dismissed, arguing that Gentilello failed to meet the requirements of the Texas Whistleblower Act that allegations be reported to an “appropriate law enforcement authority.” JANET ELLIOTT, The Texas Law Book (http://texaslawbook.net), The Dallas Morning News09/13/2012

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