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Fired Betty Ford Worker's Lawyer: BF Is Immoral!

12/22/2010 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The lawyer for the former Betty Ford Center staffer who is accusing Lindsay Lohan of criminal battery is lashing out at Betty Ford, claiming the Center demanded she conform to "the immoral and unethical requests of the Clinic."

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Attorney Keith Davidson tells TMZ, Dawn Holland has hired him "to investigate employment and civil rights claims Ms. Holland has against the Betty Ford Clinic and others surrounding her recent unlawful termination."

Davidson bristles at Betty Ford's decision to fire his client, saying, "Ms. Holland was immediately targeted, unmercifully interrogated, intimidated and threatened with her livelihood unless she conformed to the immoral and unethical requests of the Clinic."'  Holland told TMZ officials at Betty Ford allegedly put pressure on her not to file a criminal complaint against Lindsay.

Davidson says, Betty Ford "was exerting every influence they had in attempting to cover up their own unlawful conduct."

Holland tells us she's a recovering addict who has been in rehab 8 times.  Davidson adds, "It's a shame that during this season of giving, the once esteemed BFC has become the proverbial Grinch by trashing one of their own."

No comment from Betty Ford.


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106.

Amy    

How much you want to bet Lindsey still hasn't submitted to a tox screen?

1297 days ago
107.

jwoolman    

If BF did try to get the staffer to not file the police report - that certainly explains why she decided to talk to TMZ. She must have figured she was going to be fired anyway, and the information was already out there because Lindsay's people blabbed about it, plus the police report would be public once the tabloids started poking around for it. So while technically it might have been a breach of confidentiality, I can understand why she would think it was not an immoral decision.

And if she gets some money for interviews - then she has the money to live on while looking for another job.

1297 days ago
108.

Robert    

Betty Ford Punk'd...again!

1297 days ago
109.

Arauna    

If you people are going to refer to the laws governing patient privacy LEARN HOW TO SPELL IT CORRECTLY - IT'S HIPAA NOT HIPPA!
(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) I wouldn't normally expect most of you to know that as you don't work in healthcare, but it's all over the freaking news! If you don't know how to spell it, I am SURE you don't know the laws it is comprised of! And if you are not familiar with the laws (plural) then how can you make an intelligent, informed argument about what is going on with Ms. Holland? SHEESH.

1297 days ago
110.

edie    

OH PLEASE ANOTHER ONE LOOKING FOR CASH GIVE ME A BREAK! WITH THOSE NAILS LOHAN WOULD HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED! I AM SO SICK OF ALL THESE TIRED LAWSUITS ON ANYONE WITH MONEY OR FAME. THROUGH HER A COUPLE BUCKS AND GET HER 15 MIN. OF FAME SHE SHOULD BE MORE PROFESSINAL. SHE SAW DOLLAR SIGNS BECAUSE ITS LINDSAY IF IT WAS JOE SMO SHE WOULD OF TAKEN CARE OF THE SITUATION MUCH MORE DIFFERENT PLUS LOOK AT HER BACK GROUND AND SHES REALLY TRUST WORTHY IM NOT A BIG LOHAN FAN BUT COME ON THIS SPELLS QUICK CASH TO ME NOT CONSIDERING ANYONES FEELINGS SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND YOU WOULD HAVE A JOB

1297 days ago
111.

MsA    

She was fired for Talking to TMZ about a patient. Which she did - it was on here - and it's against the rules. Therefore she will NEVER, EVER win her case. Best she can hope for is drag the story out a few more weeks, and make a few more bucks from the rags, and journo's.

1297 days ago
112.

Uh    

It will be interesting to see how TMZ looks through all this, as they payed 10,000 + to Dawn (knowing her history) prior to getting "the story", then printing the allegations as if they were real.

1297 days ago
113.

feliciarox    

Yeah, right. I'm sure Ms.Crackhead with the oww Lindsay Lohan assaulted me story is completely sincere. She obviously has no ulterior motives or anything, she seems like such a standup lady. This woman saw an opportunity and jumped on it, tried to get her 15 minutes, and I bet this case gets tossed out, her employer didn't even back her up, just another pathetic loser trying to get some cash and a few minutes on tv(if you look that bad already, try a makeover first) disgusting. I wish Lindsay Lohan the best, and she's no angel or anything, but she hasn't murdered anyone, or tortured children or puppies or anything, so everyone hating on her constantly is kinda sickening to watch, she's pretty, and back in the day, was a good actress, she has the potential to come back and be better, but not if these crackhead money grubbing lowlifes keep trying this crap. Just LOOK at this lady.

1297 days ago
114.

Sgt. Rock    

Didn't we see this scene before in Parent Trap II? "She did it!" "She's the one!" Both of you, go to your rooms. What we're seeing here folks, is a distinctly American phenomena--young girls and women giving everybody the finger and then going and doing whatever they want.

1297 days ago
115.

Lisa    

It is a requirement for all staff/advocates to practice nonmaleficence when assisting clients and Ms. Holland breached ethical guidelines by addressing the media pertaining to Ms. Lohan. The client has a right to have her treatment kept free from harm and confidential. If the abuse allegations against Ms. Holland are justified then The Betty Ford Center had every right to place her on leave or terminate her employment. Furthermore, if Ms. Lohan displayed abusive behavior toward Ms. Holland she should have immediately notified her superiors and Lohan would have been referred to another counselor/case manager in the establishment. I do not feel that Ms. Holland should have her employment at Betty Ford reinstated if the physical abuse alligations are dismissed because she leaked Lohan's care to the media.
I would not put it past Lohan's "entourage" to be the first party to leak/twist this ordeal (and her location) to the media to gain publicity. Let's face it, Ms. Lohan is a media whore and leaks bulge the pocketbook. In the end, if the abuse allegations against Lohan are proven then (yes) it will be considered a violation of her probation and she could face more jail time.
Harvey, watch out for the HIPPA Laws for getting caught up in this mess...

1297 days ago
116.

The Doc Is In    

HIPPA - Enough said

1297 days ago
117.

meaticus    

owwwwwwww, i sprained my wrist when i scrolled through this stupid cashgrab story and now i'm gonna sue TMZ ;)

i like how Lilo is noting all this is caught on surveillance cameras, that's usually the words of someone who knows they're in the right.

1297 days ago
118.

bruceben9    

this holland gal with her 8 times in rehab obviously hasn't learned a darn thing. i hope they wipe the floor with her.

1297 days ago
119.

GrannyDawletter    

Honestly, how good can Betty Ford be if Lindsay Lohan waltzes in and out of the clinic every few months? Dawn Holland should consider herself lucky she doesn't have to attend the mandatory "Cuddle a Hollywood addict" workshops anymore.

1297 days ago
120.

Sonja    

I'm sorry but it was Lindsy who went to the press first, she publically called this woman out in the press and then publically demanded that she be fired.. this woman simply addressed Lindsy's claims no patient confidenciality there, no discussion of treatment... she has a right to respond to her accuser, especially since it was Lindsy being investigated by the cops for the assault in the first place. At the very most BF might have a policy about speaking to the media about ANY aspect of what goes on in the center itself which they can use to terminate the worker but as for HIPPA violations and such.. no way will that hold up, Lindsy waved that right when she herself brought up this incident to the media instead of going to a lawyer.. it's all the Lindsy circus so she can avoid more bummer rehab time during the oh so fun and Merry Holiday season, and avoid jail. Because again... it's not her fault.

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