- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a January hearing in a lawsuit by the National Labor Relations Board against Kent General Hospital.

The NLRB is seeking a preliminary injunction preventing Kent General from interrogating, terminating or otherwise discriminating against employees pending resolution of a board complaint alleging that the hospital has engaged in unfair labor practices.

The complaint involves emergency room nurse Brent Garfield, who allegedly was targeted for retaliation and forced to resign after challenging management behavior and encouraging other employees to express concerns about working conditions and patient safety in “shared governance” meetings.

According to the lawsuit, another nurse told investigators that most of her colleagues believe Garfield was terminated for being outspoken about issues at the hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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