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Date: 06-05-2012

Case Style: Sarah Hale v. Dr. Joel Razook, P.C.

Case Number: CJ-2011-1090

Judge: Tom A. Lucas

Court: District Court, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Plaintiff's Attorney: Blake Sonne

Defendant's Attorney: Jack D. Craven and Terry J. Garrett

Description: Sarah Hale sued Dr. Joel Razook, P.C. and Dr. Joel C. Razook on wrongful termination theories claiming that that she was wrongfully terminated by Defendants based on gender discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, unlawful interference with her employment, retaliation in employment with conduct that also constituted a Burk tort for violation of Oklahoma Public Policy when she refused to participate in an illegal activity. She claimed that she was employed by Dr. Razook, P.C. on or about February 9, 2009 as an Ophthalmic Technician and was discriminated against by Defendants. She also claimed that Dr. Razook requested that she engage in improper and illegal activities in violation of Oklahoma law by requiring her on her own to treat and perform examinations of Medicaid and Helath for Friends patients for which he billed for as if he had performed the services. She also claimed that she was retaliated against when she complained.

Defendants admitted by Plaintiff was employed by Dr. Joel C. Razook. Defendants denied that they engaged in any behavior which was actionable under Oklahoma law. Plaintiff resigned her position willingly and under no duress. Plaintiff suffered not damages, actual or otherwise. Defendant also claimed that Plaintiff should be estopped from asserting her claims as a result of her own inequitable behavior.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $43,000 with a finding that Dr. Razook acted in a reckless disregard of the rights of others. The jury also awarded Plaintiff $25,000 in punitive damages.

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