London, Ont., hospital CEO fired for U.S. journey recordsdata $2.5M lawsuit, claims wrongful dismissal | CBC Information

Paul Woods, who was fired on Monday as president and CEO of London Well being Sciences Centre (LHSC), has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit towards LHSC, claiming he was dismissed in dangerous religion and that he notified board chair Amy Walby about his journey to america since March final 12 months, first notifying her in June, then twice afterward. 

The lawsuit filed Wednesday is claiming $1 million generally damages for “lack of fame,” plus $1.4 million in wage, pension and advantages in his contract, which was set to run out in January 2023. The declare can also be asking LHSC for $100,000, saying the hospital breached sections of the Ontario Human Rights Code in how Woods was fired. 

The assertion consists of allegations not but confirmed in court docket and it isn’t clear but whether or not LHSC has filed a press release of defence. LHSC, which operates London’s largest hospital and employs 15,000 folks, has not but responded to a request for remark relating to the swimsuit. 

Woods’s firing was publicly introduced Monday after LHSC revealed Friday that he had travelled to america 5 occasions since March, regardless of the federal authorities’s suggestion towards non-essential cross-border journey as a part of measures to curb the unfold of COVID-19. 

On Friday, the board of administrators stated in a press release that it continued to help the CEO’s management and that it “is conscious Dr. Woods continued to journey for private causes given the separation from his quick household.”

In a press release asserting his firing Monday, LHSC stated “it had no advance discover of and didn’t approve his journey outdoors Canada.”

Declare cites emails with board chair 

Nonetheless in his assertion of declare, Woods says he knowledgeable Walby and Susan Nickle, LHSC’s chief counsel and privateness officer, about his journey to america, first in June and once more to the board chair in August and October. 

The declare stated Woods, a Canadian citizen who holds everlasting resident standing within the U.S., was making the journeys to go to his daughter and his fiancée in Michigan as a result of he has no quick household in London and that restrictions on U.S. journey “imposed vital hardship” on him. 

The declare states that on June 16 Woods mentioned the scenario with Walby and Nickle and despatched an electronic mail to Walby. The declare says Walby responded with an electronic mail that stated: “I admire the heads up in your must journey to the US and the plan to self-isolate as required thereafter, and comfy that it suits into current coverage re WFH [Work from Home] for leaders.”

An Aug. 5 electronic mail from Woods to Walby cited within the declare says Woods knowledgeable her of his must work remotely partially as a result of journey restrictions stop his fiancée, a U.S. citizen, from coming to London. 

LHSC operates London’s largest hospital group, which incorporates College Hospital. (Colin Butler/CBC)

In that electronic mail Woods admits there could also be “some optics points” and asks: “Is that this one thing I ought to convey to the Board?”

The assertion of declare cites an electronic mail Walby despatched to Woods the following day, Aug. 6, clearing him to journey to the U.S. As for the board’s approval, Woods says Walby informed him this in an electronic mail: “I help what it’s worthwhile to do on this. I do not assume the Board must approve however we may give them a heads up.”

Declare calls LHSC assertion ‘inaccurate and defamatory’

Woods’s declare says the Jan. 11 assertion was “inaccurate and defamatory.” 

It additionally says Woods was following Walby’s recommendation, and that she instructed no different approval was wanted. 

In response to Woods’ declare, Walby “took it upon herself to talk for the Board about Dr. Woods’ deliberate journey. She suggested him that he didn’t want to hunt its approval. She took it upon herself to approve of his plans. At no time did she present steering to Dr. Woods, who reported to her and the Board, that some other approval course of was wanted.”

Woods’s declare says the LHSC board’s Jan. 11 media assertion left the impression that Woods wasn’t upfront about his journey and “knowingly and intentionally created this impression to aim to spare itself from criticism, whereas inaccurately making an attempt to shift blame and duty to Dr. Woods.”

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