Laid-Off Hospital Worker Attacks Supervisor Who Fired Him

EVANSTON, Ill. (STMW) — A food services worker who had just been told he was being laid off punched his supervisor at Evanston Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

About 12:30 p.m., the staffer, who is in his early 20s, was told that his job was being terminated at the North Shore University Health System at 2650 N. Ridge Ave. in Evanston, according to Evanston police Cmdr. Tom Guenther.

“When they notified him of his pending non-employment, he became physically combative, and at that point, he punched his supervisor in the face and ribs, causing him to fall to the ground ’’ Guenther said. “Once he was on the ground, he then stepped on his face before being stopped by hospital security staff.’’

The supervisor, a 43-year-old man, was treated at the emergency room of the hospital and the suspect fled the scene before police got there.  

No arrests have been made as of Thursday afternoon, Guenther said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • dan

    Wow, that’s going to look good on his resume! What a dumb a$$

  • NWA

    Note to self: remember to notify security before, not after I firer someone.


  • The Joker

    Laid off and fired are not the same thing but yet the headline states both.

  • John Bosanac

    Though the way the former employee handled it was wrong, what was the reasoning behind the firing? The way the laws of Illinois are written, many employers can fire anyone for any reason, unless there is a Union involved, there is no recourse for a person to fight for there job. I should know, I wanted to fight a former employer, but to find a lawyer who knows the the Employment laws to take your case, is very HARD,to find., because most of them work for corporations.

    • Barb Annon

      The employee was antagonized by the manager…not supervisor, as stated. The former employee was fired for forgetting to clock back in. The manager wasn’t supposed to be there, he just wanted his last few swipes in.
      I am not condoning the act of violence, but it wasn’t unprovoked.

      • Barb Annon

        plus, the whole thing happened in the center of the hospital cafeteria at lunch rush. The police weren’t there until hours after the incident, but there was PLENTY of witnesses. Which also ask the question, why did no one step in and help the screaming manager? That’s how well liked he is.

  • John Bosanac

    The statement that Barb Annon posted, That be the case, the most that the Hospital should do is fire the manager, and rehire the fired employee, but giving him a written reprimand.. In past employments I have at times forgot to punch in, but was working, it is a human trait to forget at times, but it is a Scrooge of a manager to provoke an employee just to prove that he is the boss. That is no boss or manager, that is a dictator and if the hospital doesn’t do nothing about him/her, then they are condoning managers to be bullies.

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