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WI Supreme Court: Unpaid health care intern not protected under whistleblower law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unpaid health care interns who expose problems at work are not protected under a state law for whistleblowers.

The State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Asma Masri, a doctoral student who was let go from the Medical College of Wisconsin after she filed an ethics complaint.

The justices said Masri did not qualify as an employee under the whistleblower protection law, because she was not paid. Still, she worked 40 hours a week and had total access to patient records.  

Justice David Prosser said he agreed with the state Labor and Industry Review Commission, which said that Masri was not an employee of the Medical College because she did not get compensation or tangible benefits.

Masri said her internship ended after she told the front office that she was ordered to create a diagnosis to discredit a patient who may have filed a malpractice suit.

The college said it dismissed Masri because of performance issues.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)