Nurses, technicians fired from Ben Taub after off-duty holiday party

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 1:01 PM

HOUSTON --  A group of nurses and technicians believe they were fired from their jobs at a Houston hospital without justification.

All 10 of the men and women were terminated from their jobs at Ben Taub Hospital last month after they attended a holiday party while they were off-duty.

The celebration took place on a party bus and the fired employees said very little alcohol was consumed.

“I know I did nothing wrong,” said one of the fired workers who asked to remain anonymous.

The fired workers said most of their time on the bus was spent driving through downtown Houston, but at one point, the vehicle parked near Ben Taub’s emergency room so that the attendees could use the bathroom.

“We were in and out in about two minutes,” the former employee continued.

But a week later, the entire group was terminated from their positions.

KHOU 11 News obtained the termination document which states that the party bus parked on the ambulance dock and that alcohol was consumed there. It also states that the group was heard laughing and shouting near a bereavement room.

A Harris Health System’s spokesperson said the group was terminated after a week-long investigation into the behavior which took place in a restricted area of the hospital.

A union representative has filed a grievance on behalf of the fired employees.

“They were off-duty,” said Cynthia Cole of AFSCME. “This would have to be one of the most unorthodox terminations I’ve ever witnessed.”

The fired workers said they just want their jobs back.

“We want things to be back to the way they were before that night,” said one of the fired workers.

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