Nashville at law: Former managers accuse supplier to hospitals of hiring illegals

Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 9:37pm
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Two former employees of a MetroCenter hospital linens company have lobbed accusations of illegal hiring practices at the firm.

In their complaint filed in Davidson County Chancery Court, Barry Brown and Rick Chioccio, both former supervisors with Shared Hospital Services Corp., claim they were fired from the company after they complained about the company’s “history of improper reporting of employee income and documentation of employee social security numbers and names with the Unite States Social Security Administration.”

In one instance, the plaintiffs assert that a worker worked for years with the company under one name and Social Security number before later coming back to work for the company with a different name and number. Another example cites a pair of workers claiming to be mother and daughter “even though their reported birth dates were 8 years apart.”

The Social Security Administration, the suit claims, has previously notified the company of discrepancies with a number of employees' documentation. When Brown and Chioccio complained, the complaint says, they were told to remain silent or risk losing their jobs. Both were terminated in February of this year, according to them, “for their knowledge and complaints regarding the same.”

Commenting on the lawsuit, SHSC’s attorney J. Craig Oliver of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, said the company and its leaders are “proud of their name and reputation in the community, and they deny all of the allegations in the lawsuit from Mr. Brown and Mr. Chioccio. They look forward to defending their name and reputation and proving that the allegations are without any merit."

Representing Chioccio and Brown are Johnny Garrett and Anne Martin of Bone McAllester Norton.

Davidson County Chancery Court

Diatech Oncology LLC v. Vladimir Kravtsov. Filed April 20. A Brentwood-based oncology venture has taken its inventor to court.

DiaTech, which provides testing of cancer treatments, late last month filed a lawsuit against Vladimir Kravtsov, the physician who invented its testing technology, over his departure from the firm.

The technology in question lets physicians use chemotherapeutic compounds to tailor cancer treatments to individual patients, hopefully increasing the success of the treatment. Kravtsov developed and patented the technology before joining DiaTech in 2003.

According to the lawsuit, DiaTech and Vanderbilt, an assignee of the original patent, reached an oral agreement last summer to license the technology. At about the same time, the plaintiffs claim, Kravtsov left the company for Associated Pathologists.

Included in Kravtsov’s employment agreement were non-compete provisions the company claims he violated “when he and/or his agent contacted Vanderbilt and attempted to obtain the licensing agreement which Vanderbilt orally had agreed to contract with DiaTech.”

DiaTech goes on to further accuse Kravtsov of taking to Associated Pathologists information and research that he performed during his time with DiaTech. Since then, the company claims he has refused to return that information.

Representing DiaTech is former Williamson County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Lee Davies, who is now with Franklin’s Schell Binkley & Davies. Kravtsov and his attorney, who spoke with The City Paper, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Famous Country Food LLC v. Mark W. Young. Filed April 23. The food service company that used to operate the restaurant, carts, kiosks and vending machines for the Country Music Hall of Fame has filed a lawsuit against a former manager it claims helped cause its contract with the museum to be terminated.

According to the lawsuit, Famous Country’s contract with the Country Music Foundation was signed in October 2000 and was set to run through September of next year.

The company claims Young, who oversaw the day-to-day services provided to the Hall of Fame, colluded with the foundation to end the contract early. Following Young’s termination from Famous Country in February, the lawsuit claims he went to work for the Hall of Fame, which now plans to handle its food service independently.

Filing the case on behalf of Famous Country Food are E. Todd Presnell and David L. Johnson both of Miller & Martin.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Anna3 on 5/4/09 at 9:48

Send in ICE! Now!