El Paso Nurses Test Retaliation Law: Do Legal Protections End At The State Line?

This week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear a case from El Paso, Texas that will determine the reach of  Texas anti-retaliation laws that protect nurses who refuse to obey directives that jeopardize patient safety.  Specifically, do these legal protections extend to Texas nurses when the patient happens to be located across state lines? I am proud to represent two registered nurses: Gloria Almeida and Irma Quiñonez.     Almeida and Quiñonez worked for the same employer, Fresenius Medical Care, in El Paso for 24 and 20 years respectfully.   They are nephrology nurses, which mean they care for patients diagnosed with end stage renal (kidney) disease.   They provide care and compassion to both patients and their families in the most trying of circumstances. Almeida and Quiñonez had outstanding employment histories, having no disciplinary history and only excellent performance…

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