Supervisor’s temper at issue in Gold Cross lawsuitThe plaintiff’s attorney in the lawsuit against Gold Cross Ambulance continued to focus Tuesday on whether a supervisor there is a “hothead.”
The plaintiff’s attorney in the lawsuit against Gold Cross Ambulance continued to focus Tuesday on whether a supervisor there is a “hothead.”
Paramedic Chad Lisdahl is suing Gold Cross and supervisor Dave Johnson for allegedly violating his re-employment rights after four years with the Marine Corps in Iraq. He claims he was demoted and harassed. He is suing for back pay and other compensation. He also wants the ambulance service to drop its requirement that he retake the national registered paramedics exam.
On Tuesday, Lisdahl’s attorney George Aucoin focused on an instance in which Johnson injured a co-worker at a retreat. Witnesses called it “horseplay gone too far.”
Also Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson lectured Aucoin for the
second straight day. Erickson scolded Aucoin on Monday for asking the same questions more than once. On Tuesday, Aucoin was criticized for editorializing too much during his questions and for throwing too many questions at the witnesses at one time.
Johnson has admitted that he initially didn’t think Gold Cross had to rehire Lisdahl and that he wanted to bring Lisdahl back as a trainee, not at his previous rank of assistant captain as the law required.
Gold Cross’ defense attorney said Monday that after four years’ absence Lisdahl had to follow the Gold Cross orientation process as a matter of public safety. That process included Lisdahl having to recertify as a nationally registered paramedic.
Testimony continues today.