A longtime nurse at a Colorado hospital is suing her former employer after she was allegedly terminated for supporting Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, claiming that she was fired shortly after she had a political conversation with a patient.
65-year-old Lizzy Matthews filed a federal lawsuit last week against Denver Health Medical Center alleging that she was canned after voicing her political opinions to the wrong patient, who previously was a high-ranking employee for the hospital system, KDVR reported.
That patient was watching the news when Matthews chimed in that she believed Trump would win the election. She also added that she was “praying for him,” the lawsuit noted.
“Oh, no, I don’t want him to be,” the patient reportedly said in response to Matthews’ positive attitude. Within days, Matthews received a phone call from nursing manager Kelly Torres informing her that a patient had complained about the political back-and-forth.
“My wife said he’s going to win and the patient got mad, that’s about it,” Matthews’ husband told the New York Daily News.
Matthews was also allegedly asked if she had requested the patient read the Bible, which Matthews denied. She was promptly fired over the phone – even though she had just been asked to work additional hours as a part-time nurse. Matthews declined that request because of the impact it would have on her Social Security benefits.
In response to her swift termination, Matthews submitted an internal complaint to the hospital. Nobody ever acted on it.
“She was never responded to,” Matthews’ husband said.
In the suit, Matthews claims that Denver Health does not have any policies prohibiting employees from discussing political matters. She says that no other employees have been disciplined for political reasons.