Ameritox Laboratory bullies low wage worker and grandmother with federal lawsuit!
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Ameritox Laboratory bullies low wage worker and grandmother with federal lawsuit!

    1. Pamela Rockwell
    2. Petition by

      Pamela Rockwell

      Marysville, MI

My name is Pamela Rockwell. I am a single mother of three and grandmother of four. I work in a doctors’ office in Port Huron, Michigan. My job is to process urine specimens and send them to a laboratory for testing related to pain management care for our patients. It’s a basic job, but it pays the bills, and I love the people I work with.

I got the job a few years ago through a placement agency that works with Ameritox, a laboratory that tests the urine specimens. In March, the doctors’ office decided to fire Ameritox. They weren’t happy with the quality of service they were getting and switched to another laboratory. I thought I was out of a job. But the doctors like my work and they recommended me to the new company, which hired me. Needless to say, I was very relieved.

Now Ameritox has decided to come after me with everything they’ve got. They say I violated a non-compete agreement by taking a job with the new lab and that I cannot work with any lab which processes specimens (which is all of them) for six months. And they claim I cannot work directly for the doctors’ office or any other office within their network. They’re saying I have “trade secrets.” This is ridiculous! I simply collect urine specimens. The only reason they’re suing me is to get back at a competitor. What kind of company files a federal lawsuit against someone like me, who earns $11.50 an hour processing urine at a doctors’ office? I really need this job. I live paycheck to paycheck. If I lose this job I don’t know what I’m going to do. I am completely on my own. If you have ever been to Port Huron you know it is really suffering economically. There are no jobs here. Ameritox is a big company with investors like Bain Capital. It’s unbelievable that they would have the nerve to come after me financially and personally. I have nothing, and they are trying to get me fired from my new job.

If Ameritox succeeds I fear for all people trying to make a life, not even a good one, just one of basic needs. Ameritox shouldn’t be able to swoop down, dictate whom you can work for and, ultimately, when you can work. Ameritox is trying to destroy any chance I have of survival. Truth be known, if this is allowed there will be no room for advancement, healthy competiveness or the right to choose, only vindictive control and corporate gain at all our expense.

Please sign my petition and tell Ameritox to drop their intimidating federal lawsuit against me.

I really appreciate your support please check out my you tube video! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56XUSqATV3U&feature=youtu.be

Sincerely,
Pamela

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    1. Judge's word final!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      The lawsuit is over, Judge agrees case dismissed with prejudice!

    2. Judge must decide trial or no trial?

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      Ameritox is still pursuing their angle of trade secrets. The Judge will decide October 23, 2012 if there is a case, and whether or not to go to trial?

    3. Non Compete has been dropped!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      I have moved to a new office, Ameritox can no longer impose the claim of non compete, one battle down one more to go!

    4. Settlement is over, Judge orders a hearing!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      A settlement was not possible, a hearing date of August 23rd in Federal Court, Detroit, Michigan at 3:00 PM has been set.

    5. Trying to keep positive!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      I'm trying to keep positive while this lawsuit continues to slowly drain my life of its joy! I can't remember the last time I felt at peace, anyone who knows me knows that the love and happiness that I use to exude without any effort has greatly diminished! I will need a long vacation after this..... Oh that's right I can't afford it!!!

    6. We are being seen, but we need to be heard!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      If you haven't left a comment please do so, I greatly appreciate your support! Also vote on cnn iReport to have my story told!

    7. Pamela Rockwell, My Story on CNN iReport

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      Please vote on CNN iReport to get them to cover this story, and get Ameritox to drop their law suit!

    8. Still on going!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      Apparently we still need more signatures, please tell your friends, family, and check out my you tube video under my name, Pamela Rockwell. Thank you all very much for your support.

    9. My first 100 supporters, please continue to share!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      Court is still scheduled for next Friday!

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Almost 100 supporters, please have your friends and family read and sign!

      Pamela Rockwell
      Petition Organizer

      Court is Friday May 4th at the Federal Court building in Detroit, Mi. @ 11:00 AM, I still can't believe this is happening, I can't believe they are pursuing such an injustice and getting away with it?

    12. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Doug Lafrenz THE DALLES, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      David vs gliath duu

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    • gina debiasi ALLEN PARK, MI
      • over 1 year ago

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    • Anne Simmons BURNS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      They are using legitimate pain patients only for profit and according to the US District Court's Order in June 2012 they used "literally false" advertising putting patients at substanial risk of losing their healthcare. They still cannot legitimately claim a patient's compliance because we are all different. It's only about money to them and should be shut down in my opinion. I will support any attempt to see this company put out of business! You can view the Order entered by the court online.

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    • Julie Whitehead CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      They have been found guilty 2 times that Im aware of giving doctors kickbacks and having to pay out over 16 million in 2011 and was found guilty in federal court this past June 2012 for lying to doctors for the past 4 years on how one of their Guardian drug screen can tell if your taking your prescribed medicine as your doctor prescribed it because their Guardian test will show if your not. A lie. How many patients in need of medical care were wrongly discharged because of their lies and why would any doctor continue to use them? Doesn't look good.

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    • Jessica Holloway COVINGTON, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is ridiculous! I work for Ameritox as well and i'm sure this exact sitation is coming my way and I had no idea! BULLSHIT!

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