Guy Loranger Wins Appeal; Law Court Vacates Summary Judgment

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Guy Loranger of the Law Office of Guy D Loranager wins appeal in wrongful termination case.

In Trott v. Goodall Hospital (Me., No. Yor-12-213, 3/21/13), Claire Trott was working as a nurse at Goodall Hospital when a patient died during her shift. Later, she was deposed in a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital brought by the patient’s family. Guy Loranger of the Law Office of Guy D Loranager fought on behalf of Trott and won an appeal.

Shortly after the deposition, Goodall terminated Trott’s position at the hospital. Trott filed a lawsuit against the hospital, arguing that her termination was retaliation for her participation in the deposition, which is protected activity under the Maine Whistleblower’s Protection Act. The Superior Court granted summary judgment to the hospital based on the fact that Trott could not explain an incorrect entry in the patient’s medical record.

The law court held that Trott produced sufficient “evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that the hospital’s articulated reason for discharging her was a pretext to conceal its true, unlawful reason.”

Guy Loranger has had three summary judgments vacated on appeal by the law court. He also had a case before the First Circuit where summary judgment was also vacated. Loranger feels that “the Court is sending a message, especially in these types of cases where much of the evidence involved focuses on intent. As the Court has explained, summary judgment should be the exception rather than the rule when dealing with pretext.”

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The Law Office of Guy D. Loranger is a sexual harassment and discrimination law firm located in Old Orchard Beach, ME. The firm represents victims of all types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sex, race, age and sexual orientation. They will handle a case from the initial complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission through the civil lawsuit in state or federal court. Contact Guy D. Loranger today to discuss the options for sexual harassment / discrimination cases today. For more information, please feel free to visit or call 207-937-3257.

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