A Maricopa County jury returned the verdict Aug. 16 for Mayra Rodriguez, who worked for the organization for more than 15 years until her termination in 2017, the Arizona Republic reported Monday.
Rodriguez, who was an administrator at Glendale and northeast Phoenix locations, had made a series of complaints in the months before her firing, according to the lawsuit.
She reported concerns after noticing a trend of patients experiencing complications following abortion procedures by the same doctor, according to lawsuit. She also claimed the doctor required medical assistants to sign an affidavit before the surgery was performed stating proper medical practices were followed.
A supervisor later claimed narcotics were found in Rodriguez's desk, according to the lawsuit. Rodriguez said the medication was not a narcotic and it was common practice to store medication in desks before transferring to another department for handling and disposal.
Her attorney, Tim Casey, said the verdict validated that Rodriguez was doing her job by reporting the concerns.
"It vindicated what she found and it ought to help our community be safer," Casey said.
Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard said in a statement that the organization was disappointed by the verdict and officials believe the former employee was fired for "failure to follow organization rules and procedures."
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com