5th Circ. Dismisses Doctor's Suit Against VA Over Firing

Law360 (August 20, 2018, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Monday tossed a suit brought by a doctor accusing a Veterans Affairs hospital of unlawfully firing him for blowing the whistle on patient safety issues, saying the doctor's claims are preempted by a federal law governing the employment of government employees.

In a published opinion, a three-judge Fifth Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a suit brought by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Thayne C. Griener accusing Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System of wrongfully terminating his employment in 2012 just one day after he reached out to a congressman requesting an investigation into the VA’s...

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