Whistle blower loses lawsuit
The woman who made the original complaint about the Montreux eating disorders clinic has lost her wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Gay Pankhurst had claimed lost wages after she was fired from the world famous anorexia clinic in 1997.
Three and a half years ago, Pankhurst complained to Victoria health authorities about a patient at the clinic who was being restrained and forced fed. That complaint sparked two investigations, and an order to close the controversial clinic.
Now, Victoria small claims court judge Ann Urrkey has ruled Pankhurst was fired for "just cause" because of a second call she made. Urrkey ruled a call to the producer of the Oprah Winfrey show breached the confidentiality of the clinic and the patient.
The judge then threw out Pankhurst's claim for $10,000 in lost wages.
The patient Pankhurst tried to help, died last year in Britain, from complications of anorexia and surgery.
The Montreux Clinic remains open while it negotiates its appeal of the closure order.
Pankhurst who now refinishes yachts for a living, says she has no regrets about her action.