A Tennessee appellate panel affirmed a $425,000 award in an employment suit accusing a nursing home of firing a nurse for reporting the neglect of an in-home hospice patient, saying the nurse was a whistleblower serving a public purpose by reporting illegal activity.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel upheld a jury’s award of $225,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages to nurse Latisia Upshaw in a suit claiming she was fired by Sunrise Community of Tennessee.

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