A former Florida Bar president is bringing a Sunshine Law complaint against Broward Health on behalf of the public hospital system’s fired interim CEO.
by The Daily Business Review’s Celia Ampel
December 21, 2016
Fort Lauderdale attorney Eugene Pettis of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm represents Pauline Grant, who alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the Broward Health board violated its own code and the state’s public meetings law by not giving proper notice of the Dec. 1 meeting where she was ousted.
The public notice of the special meeting did not mention any discussion of firing Grant, according to the Broward Circuit Court complaint. The topic of the “code of conduct” was added at the last minute, when the hospital district’s code requires five days’ notice of such a change, Grant alleges.
Grant was told one hour before the meeting that she was the focus of an investigation and that the board would be discussing it, Pettis said.
“What happened to her on Dec. 1 was an injustice of the greatest degree,” he said. “Every person deserves to have basic decency and due process in a review, and I believe what happens on Dec. 1 violated every tenet of the Sunshine Act. What they did was unethical and unlawful.” [READ MORE]