Nurse fired from Sinai-Grace Hospital for video showing COVID-19 precautions sues Detroit Medical Center

DMC says Kenisa Barkai violated social media policy

Kenisa Barkai was fired from Sinai-Grace Hospital after she posted a video to Facebook.
Kenisa Barkai was fired from Sinai-Grace Hospital after she posted a video to Facebook. (WDIV)

DETROIT – A nurse fired from Sinai-Grace Hospital in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for a video she posted to social media is suing the Detroit Medical Center.

View the lawsuit below.

Kenisa Barkai was terminated last month after she posted a 7-second video on her Facebook page showing the precautions taken to treat the first COVID-19 patient at the Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai-Grace.

The hospital said Barkai violated the social media policy.

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According to the lawsuit, Barkai had expressed concerns to management about the lack of personal protective equipment and staffing shortages at the end of January or early February, more than a month before the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Michigan. She allegedly told hospital officials she would report potential violations to government agencies.

Barkai said the hospital has been understaffed and she was concerned this would impact patient safety. She allegedly continued to share concerns to management after COVID-19 reached the state and the hospital began caring for patients with the illness.

On March 17, she posted the video of her in PPE, saying, “I have my gloves, my hair covering, my mask, my gown and I’m ready to rock and roll. I’m going in.”