MORGANTOWN – A certified nurse midwife alleges she lost her job at a Pennsylvania medical facility because of defamatory information supplied by her former employers.

Stacey Haynes Archer filed a complaint Oct. 24 in Monongalia Circuit Court against West Virginia University Board of Governors, West Virginia University Hospitals Inc., et al. alleging defamation, tortious interference and tort of outrage.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that after leaving her employment with defendants on June 30, 2016, she was offered a position as a midwife nurse with the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Obstetrics, and Women's Health at Magge-Womens Hospital. 

The suit states that sometime in November 2016, employees of University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Obstetrics, and Women's Health at Magge-Womens Hospital contacted the defendants for references for the plaintiff. She alleges the defendants provided false, defamatory, negligent or misleading information and as a result, she was terminated.

The plaintiff holds WVU Board of Governors, WVU Hospitals Inc., et al. because the defendants' employees allegedly provided false, defamatory and or misleading information to UPP and Magee-Womens Hospital.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs and expenses and any further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate. She is represented by Eric M. Hayhurst of Hayhurst Law PLLC in Morgantown.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number 17-C-404

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