Ex-Covidien Sales Rep Sues for Wrongful Termination

A former sales rep for Covidien's vascular business accused the company of wrongful termination after it fired him for blowing the whistle to the FBI on an alleged kickbacks scheme.

Erin Hayes, who started with VNUS Medical Technologies in 2008, about a year before Covidien bought it, alleged that a high-volume vascular surgeon in Southern California tried to shake down the company. The surgeon said Covidien would need to pony up a kickback in order to keep West Coast Vascular's business, according to the lawsuit, filed Feb. 23 in a California state court. Covidien had the case removed to the U.S. District Court for Northern California May 12, according to court documents.

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