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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ind. Courts - Fort Wayne doctor accused of firing for jury duty"

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today, some quotes from this story by Julie Crothers:

A local pain physician faces misdemeanor charges after his former employee complained he was fired while serving on a jury.

Dr. William P. Hedrick, 52, was charged Monday with interference with jury service.

The employee, who was serving as an alternate juror during the David Bisard trial, contacted the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office after he said he had been fired from Inquest Health System. That company belongs to Hedrick.

The man told police he was in charge of purchasing at Inquest Health System, at the Lima Road location. In October, he responded to a jury summons and was picked as an alternate juror for a trial.

The man said he notified his direct supervisor that he would be away from work for up to several weeks.

While still on jury duty, he received an email from his personal assistant that said another person had been hired to do his job. The email, sent on Oct. 24, explained that the company had hired someone to handle purchasing while the employee was away.

The following day, the man received an email from the company’s director of human resources stating that Hedrick was “eliminating his employment due to volume.”

The man’s employment record stated his last day of work was Oct. 14 and his separation date was Oct. 25, according to court documents.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 10, 2013 09:04 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts