Hawaii State Hospital employees sue over assaults

Hawaii State Hospital employees sue over assaults

HONOLULU (AP) - Former employees are claiming Hawaii State Hospital supervisors created an unsafe work environment that resulted in daily attacks by patients on workers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the class action lawsuit was filed Friday by three former hospital workers. It claims supervisors chose not hire additional staff to handle patients and downgraded patient assessment levels, a factor that determines staffing levels, to create the impression the state's only public mental health facility was adequately staffed.

The employees' attorney, Michael Green, said the lawsuit will represent about 300 people, employees who have been assaulted at the hospital since January 2006.

The Department of Health referred questions about the lawsuit to the attorney general's office, which didn't immediately respond to the newspaper.

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