Woodard-Thompson Claims Emails Hacked, Personal Documents Stolen At Erlanger

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Former Erlanger Medical Center CEO Charlsetta Woodard-Thompson claims in a $25 million Circuit Court lawsuit against her former employer that her emails were hacked and documents stolen from her.

The suit says Erlanger's in-house counsel "gained access to private and personal files" on her computer and "removed or deleted some of these files." It says that was "part of a conspiracy by Erlanger in-house counsel and certain Erlanger Board members to invade plaintiff's privacy." It says the in-house counsel's alleged actions were discovered and he was terminated. Dale Hetzler served at the time as in-house counsel.  

She also says she "experienced an array of strange and alarming happenings" and it caused her and others at Erlanger to become "fearful for their safety."

Ms. Woodard-Thompson said she was advised to go to a shooting range and become proficient with a gun and also have an escort on campus for safety. She said her vehicle was placed in an undisclosed location during the day.

The suit says Erlanger's former chief of staff commented that "medicine is a white man's world."

It says after the hiring of Kevin Spiegel as CEO "certain Erlanger board members have openly bragged about the undermining maneuvers they executed to thwart plaintiff's career advancement."  

Ms. Woodard-Thompson was not retained by the new Erlanger administration.

After the departure of former CEO Jim Brexler, Ms. Woodard-Thompson had sought the post, but was passed over by the selection committee and full board.

Attorney Jenny Lawrence filed the suit.

Click here to read the suit.

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