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Child Health Pro Sues Kaiser Over Non-Hiring

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A woman says she was hired as a clinical director of maternal child health at a Kaiser hospital, but Kaiser reneged on its promise to hire her even though she passed three different drug tests.

Lee Ann Galuska says she quit her job in Southington, Connecticut hospital to accept the position of Clinicial Director of Maternal Child Health at Kaiser Permanente's San Diego Medical Center in June.

Galuska prepared to move to San Diego in July, and took a pre-employment drug screen, which came back with the result "negative dilute."

"The test results were negative, but with a dilute notation," the complaint says.

"A dilute urine specimen is one with a low creatinine level," it continues." (21)

Even though she passed the drug screen, Kaiser allegedly told Galuska to take another urinalysis screening within 24 hours.

Four days later, Galuska's test results again came negative for drugs, but were again notated with "negative dilute," according to the complaint.

On her own initiative, Galuska says she took a third urinalysis test, which again came back negative. She sent the results to Kaiser, and was told that Human Resources would review them.

But four days later, Kaiser told Galuska "it would not be honoring its prior offer of employment." (29)

Galuska sued Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and unknown defendants for breach of contract, false promise and misrepresentation.

She is represented by Kristin Rizzo of The Rizzo Law Firm.

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