Medtronic Settles Retaliatory Termination Suit
Medtronic settled a lawsuit with one of its former sales representatives on Monday.
Susan White accused the med-tech company of terminating her after she reported violations of both Medtronic’s policies and of state and federal anti-fraud laws.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Medtronic, which holds its U.S. headquarters in Fridley, hired White for her second stint at the company in December 2011. During her training, White claimed to have witnessed Medtronic employees programming neurostimulation devices, touching and bandaging patients, and promoting off-label uses for devices. If proven true, each of these actions would fall under violation of Medtronic’s policies, the False Claims Act and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.
White said she told “multiple company officials, from her direct supervisor to Human Resources, and ultimately to Medtronic’s Legal Department” about the activities she observed.
The original court filing claims “Medtronic officials responded harshly, labeling White ‘not a team player’ before ultimately terminating her.” White was let go in April 2012.
Her retaliation suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas in March 2015. In the initial complaint, White said she was pursuing reinstatement “to the position and seniority that she would have held [if not for] for retaliation.” If the reinstatement wasn’t feasible, she said she’d compromise for twice the amount of back pay plus interest. Additionally, she wanted compensation for litigation costs and other law-related expenses.