Whistleblower Receives $2.1 Million Award After Suing Hospital

By on May 20, 2013

A Jersey City man, who had been fired by Bayonne Medical Center, has been awarded more than $2.1 million after filing a lawsuit against the hospital under New Jersey’s whistleblower law.  The whistleblower, Ceferino Doculan, was given $2 million in punitive damages, $80,000 in lost wages and $60,000 for pain an suffering.

Doculan, who had been employed by the hospital for over 20 years, was fired after informing his superiors that his direct supervisor was not qualified and did not have the proper credentials for the position.

“We contended that he was fired because of his protected complaint and they contended he had not been, but deserved to be fired,” Doculan’s attorney said. “The jury apparently didn’t agree that the predominant reason for his discharge was his performance, and found the predominant reason was his protected conduct.”

A spokesperson for the hospital said an appeal will be filed to reverse the courts decision.