Former Vanderbilt employee speaks out on class-action suit
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A class action lawsuit over the loss of hundreds of jobs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center continues to grow, and one of those former employees is now speaking out.
Tracy Morton's story will be at the center of the class action suit against Vanderbilt. She was a 12-year worker who lost her job in a mass layoff in early July.
Her attorneys argue Morton, and several hundred other employees, did not get the notice required under federal law.
Morton said she sued to make a point and for the sake of friends who still work at the hospital.
"They're terrified. They're terrified they're going to lose their jobs. And they're exhausted. They're exhausted from doing not only their jobs, but the jobs of those who were turned away," Morton said.
In a statement to workers last week, a Vanderbilt vice chancellor wrote every employee, including the highest paid, will be "all in" on cutting costs.
The university told Channel 4 News that means many top executives will see less incentive pay but will not lose base salary pay.
The university plans to eliminate up to 1,000 jobs this year in the cost-cutting plan.
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