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There may be some workers at a Chicago hospital who were either curious or looking for a monetary come-up off of Jussie Smollett. Those workers, whether they were nosy or trying to secure the bag, are now going to have to find new jobs. CBS Chicago says “dozens” of workers at Chicago’s Northwestern Hospital, where Smollett was taken after his alleged attack, were fired for accessing his medical records.

Via CBS 2 Chicago:

Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the “Empire” actor’s medical chart. Smollett has since been charged with staging the whole incident.

One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett’s chart, but she was fired last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason.

The nurse said she was called in at the end of her shift last Tuesday, fired on the spot and escorted out of the hospital.

She said she wasn’t asked any questions and never had a chance to offer an explanation. She said she never accessed the actor’s chart, but simply scrolled past it when looking for another patient’s name.

She’s appealing, and believes others may have been fired for simply scrolling past the name as well.

Smollett arrived at Northwestern on Jan. 29. He claimed was walking home from a Subway restaurant, in the 300 block of E. Lower North Water Street, around 2 a.m. when two offenders yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him.

Northwestern Hospital would not provide any details on the termination, citing company policy. Smollett, accused of staging the attack to either garner more publicity for his career, or because he was unhappy with his 7-figure salary, is free on bond, but was written out of the last two episodes of the current season of Empire.

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3 thoughts on “Dozens Of Chicago Hospital Workers Fired For Viewing Jussie Smollet Records

  1. African American Woman on said:

    I’ve worked in Healthcare Management for 20+ years and everyone from the CEO down to the janitor knows HIPAA. None of those people would have been given any work that required them to look at his records. He’s high profile and every healthcare delivery system has procedures and designated appointees to handle out of the norm record requests, such as this. They can save the excuses and use the energy to find new jobs lol.

  2. Amber on said:

    And they wonder why many celebs do not go to these place who seek help it is because of people looking into their business and selling it to tabloids.

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    Now that’s the way you fire someone. Work them the entire day. Call them in. Get their credentials and escort their arse out. Maybe HIPAA. Their violation might fall into the need to know basis. It burns me that people leak personal medical information. This discourages people from trusting the system and seeking appropriate care. After awhile, at a certain age, your kids don’t have to share their medical care with you. This privacy is essential. That’s what they get.

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