East Texas Medical Center / unfair termination

Tyler, TX, US Review updated:

I was employed by East Texas Medical Center's Emergency Medical Service for three weeks. During my probationary ride-outs, my field training officer told me to stay for the full 24-hour shift, even though EMTs were supposed to leave by 8 PM. I was afraid that if I were to leave, he would tell the education department that I was insubordinate, so I stayed. Instead, they fired me, even though I was following orders from my direct superior. I cannot sue them because Texas is a work-at-will state, and I was still a probationary employee. I am ineligible for rehire for six months. I encourage all EMTs and paramedics to stay away from East Texas Medical Center.

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  • Df
      Aug 17, 2009

    They said that was the sole reason. And no, I didn't stay awake for the full 24. They let me sleep on the couch in the station. I got up when we had a call at 3 am and had no problems with staying awake for the call.

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