TFN community health manager added to wrongful termination lawsuit

By Kyle Darbyson  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter  28/05/2024 09:28 Thessalon First Nation’s community health manager is being added as a defendant to a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the band. In an amended statement of claim, Mary Jane Wardell accuses Wendy Pekalski of accessing her medical information without permission on Dec. 20, 2023, roughly a month after Wardell was removed from her position as TFN’s director of operations. Wardell claims that members of TFN’s newly elected chief and council directed Pekalski to access her private medical information, bolstering her broader argument that the band’s leadership spearheaded a “co-ordinated attack” to discredit her reputation in the community. On top of the $850,000 in damages Wardell initially sought for her wrongful termination, she is seeking an additional $200,000 for the “tortious invasion”…

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