Search Site

Former Chief Medical Officer Files Lawsuit Against Only Public Hospital in DC

Julian Craig, who previously served as chief medical officer at United Medical Center, the only public hospital in Washington, D.C., recently filed a lawsuit against the facility and its management consultants. In the lawsuit, Craig alleges his termination was retaliation for testifying in front of district lawmakers about problems that have occurred at the facility.

Craig said he testified and acted as a whistleblower to shed light on “malfeasance affecting patient health and safety.” He also revealed submission of fraudulent statements to government programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Details of the suit

In the suit, Craig says these practices were encouraged by executives who worked for Veritas of Washington, a consulting firm that was received a no-bid contract in 2016 to run the hospital. The contract was worth $3.6 million and included additional money for travel expenses for executives. The hospital was (and still is) financially troubled at the time, which may have contributed to its actions.

Craig also claims that after testifying in court he was not paid the full amount of the salary agreed to in his contract, a violation of wage theft laws, and Veritas attempted to cut his hours in such a way that it hampered his ability to provide patients with high-quality medical attention.

For more information on the steps available to you if you have been the victim of wrongful termination and/or workplace retaliation, speak with an experienced Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers.

Awards & Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
As Seen In
In his new book, "Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country," former client & Author, Ashley Yablon, quotes Attorney Steve Kardell about Whistelblower Law.
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.