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Reno Business Weekly: Community Health Alliance settles lawsuit against former employee, federal complaint ongoing

By Bob Conrad
Reno Business Weekly

Community Health Alliance last week settled its lawsuit filed against a former employee. The details of the settlement are confidential.

CHA sued its former employee, James Fleming, after he filed a federal whistleblower complaint against the health nonprofit. 

CHA alleged Fleming defamed the organization and threatened to publicize confidential information. CHA also filed a temporary protective order against Fleming.

CHA officials alleged Fleming was going to divulge confidential information after Fleming, for more than a year, was posting on social media various allegations of illegal activity at CHA. 

However, during a court hearing in late March, CHA attorney Alex Velto admitted to the court he had no idea if Fleming actually possessed confidential information. 

“We’re not entirely sure what Mr. Fleming has access to, but we know if it’s confidential, and it relates to healthcare, it cannot be released,” he told the court. 

CHA wanted District Court Judge Kathleen Drakulich to issue an injunction against Fleming. The confidential settlement, however, nullified that effort.

Fleming posted online that he had access to CHA’s servers but later said he only wrote that because he was trolling CHA. He told Drakulich the only information he took from CHA was information related to the federal whistleblower complaint he filed against CHA prior to being fired by the nonprofit.

That complaint has resulted in a federal investigation against CHA. The investigation is ongoing.

Prior to the settlement, Fleming said he stood by what he wrote on Medium about CHA, articles that alleged CHA committed fraud by misusing grants and federal funds.

Children’s Cabinet announces employer childcare program

The Children’s Cabinet has a new employer childcare development program that supports Nevada businesses. The nonprofit will conduct an analysis of what businesses offer for childcare and then it will compare offerings to national standards. 

“Employers who help find or offset the cost of childcare are more likely to retain their workforce,” said Kim Cullen with the Children’s Cabinet. “Employers who provide family friendly benefits see great returns, including a 30% reduction in employee absences, a 60% decrease in employee turnover and 55% of parents would take a pay cut for a job that offers childcare…”

Contact Kim Cullen at [email protected] or 775-843-1324 for more information.

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