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Jury awards $3M to fired Planned Parenthood Arizona worker

Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 15:54:28-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Planned Parenthood Arizona employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired after she reported unsafe medical practices has been awarded $3 million.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that a Maricopa County jury returned the verdict Aug. 16 for Mayra Rodriguez.

Rodriguez claimed in her lawsuit against the organization that she was fired in 2017 after being falsely accused of having narcotics inside her desk.

The lawsuit says she made a series of complaints before she was terminated, including reporting a trend of patients who experienced complications after they were treated by the same doctor.

Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard said in a statement the organization was disappointed by the verdict and they believe the former employee was fired for "failure to follow organization rules and procedures."