A Wisconsin court has ruled in favor of a hospital trying to prevent seven of its employees from leaving for better jobs at a competing hospital. Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Mark J. McGinnis granted a temporary restraining order telling Ascension Northeast Wisconsin to return a radiology technician and a registered nurse to ThedaCare or cease hiring all seven workers until replacements can be hired.
The employees, who were all at-will, said they were looking for jobs that provided higher pay and a better work/life balance. Ascension said that it did not actively recruit the workers and pointed out that ThedaCare was given the chance to match the employment offers they made.
"It is Ascension Wisconsin's understanding that ThedaCare had an opportunity but declined to make competitive counter offers to retain its former employees," the hospital said in a statement.
ThedaCare argued that losing seven employees all at once would harm their ability to provide adequate care to patients.
"The decision by Ascension Wisconsin to hire away such a significant portion of ThedaCare's interventional radiology specialty support team all at once, and at the height of a pandemic surge, will disrupt access to critical care for the people in our region," ThedaCare CEO Imran Andrabi, said according to WFRV.