By PETER HUSSMANN
The former nurse at Skiff Medical Center that filed suit claiming she was fired from her job last year in reprisal for exercising her free speech rights in questioning the staffing levels at the city-owned hospital during an employee town hall meeting has dismissed her lawsuit against the Newton hopsital.
Bonnie Thomas of Mitchellville filed a stipulation in federal court last week dismissing her claims against Skiff with prejudice, meaning the matter cannot be brought back to the court system again.
Thomas, a registered nurse at Skiff since 2008, filed suit seeking damages against Skiff Medical Center after being "terminated from a job she performed well in reprisal for exercising her First Amendment rights."
She claimed she was dismissed from her position three days after questioning top officials at the hospital at an employee meeting on plans for a remodeling project.
Lawyers for Skiff Medical Center, who had move the lawsuit from the district court to the federal court system, denied the allegations stating said there was "no causal connection" between Thomas' questions about staffing levels during an employee meeting at the Newton hospital earlier and her termination three days later.