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Lawsuit: Dental assistant fired after raising questions about needle disposal

from The Salem News

The federal government is suing a Beverly, Mass., dentist, claiming he fired a dental assistant after she raised concerns about the disposal of contaminated needles. The U.S. Department of Labor said that N. Terry Fayad, who runs a dental practice in the Cummings Center, ordered Rhonda Healey to remove protective caps from contaminated needles before disposing of them in a sharps container, a procedure that could expose her to hepatitis and HIV infection. Fayad wanted the caps removed so that more needles could fit in the sharps container, saving him money on disposal costs, according to a civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. more


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