Plaintiff files second complaint, hearing moved in hospital defamation case

Amelia Flood Jul. 10, 2010, 4:11am


The plaintiff in a defamation of character suit against Saint Anthony's Health Center and two of its employees has filed a second amended complaint.

A July 9 hearing on a motion to dismiss the case filed by the defendants has also been moved to July 23.

In the second amended complaint, plaintiff John Doe alleges that fellow nurse Kathryn Hartmann falsely accused him of molesting a sedated male patient in April 2009.

He goes on to allege that the hospital fired him based on the allegation, reported him to a state regulatory board and discriminated against him because he was a gay man.

Doe claims he was exonerated by that regulatory board and the charges were thrown out.

He claims that Hartmann was known to be "vindictive" and that she was jealous of him.

He claims the hospital fired him because attorneys had advised the action to protect his employers.

The suit seeks at least $50,000 in damages per count, reinstatement to his former job as a recovery room nurse and other relief.

The hospital and other defendants have moved to throw out Doe's suit.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth allowed the plaintiff to file his seconded amended complaint July 7.

Doe is represented by Bob Perica.

The defendants, St. Anthony's, Hartmann, Cindy Drainer and E.J. Kuiper are represented by Jill Luft, Edward Bott and Melanie Renken.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-370.

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