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University, worker feud over whether she was fired

Register Guard
March 27th, 2015


An employee of the University of Oregon counseling center says she has been fired for signing a letter criticizing the university for accessing an 18-year-old student’s therapy records — but a university spokesman disputes the claim.
Karen Stokes, former executive assistant to the director of the counseling center, announced she was terminated in an email sent to counseling center staff Thursday.
Stokes and senior staff therapist Jennifer Morlok alleged in February that the university interfered with the student’s care and took the student’s private medical records — to prepare for litigation — without the student’s permission.
In Thursday’s email, Stokes said: “I am disappointed that the UO has chosen this course of action. I, along with Jenny, had hoped that our letter of concern regarding the medical records that we believe were unethically and illegally disclosed would promote positive changes.

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