When it comes to her case in being wrongfully terminated by Planned Parenthood, Mayra Rodriguez says she wants to show others that “the truth will prevail.”
“I hope my case is a lesson to other workers that shows them that the truth will prevail,” she said. “I also hope my case is a lesson to employers who abuse their power: sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be done.”
Rodriguez was a long-time director of three Planned Parenthood locations in Arizona, but after 17 years she was terminated from her job in October of 2017. Her ousted occurred after she spoke out about alleged illegal conduct within the company, including falsification of affidavits and patient records, incomplete abortion, among other reasons.
She then sought to bring justice as she sued the non-profit organization for wrongful termination.
Two weeks after the trial began, Rodriguez gained victory on Friday as an Arizona court ruled unanimously in favor of the former director and awarded her with $3 million in damages.
Rodriguez said the organization who claims to “want to help and stand up for immigrants” is “not true,” as she says her former Planned Parenthood executives would call her a “liar” and “shamed me for my immigration status.”
“But here we are, the jury heard the truth,” Rodriguez added.
Another former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson — who is now the director of And Then There Were None — said, “Standing with [Rodriguez] through the trial and rejoicing in the ultimate victory has been amazing.”
Johnson and Rodriguez were both rewarded the Employee of the Year at Planned Parenthood the year prior to the end of their time at the organization.
Johnson also shared that she’s faced Planned Parenthood in court and “watching your friends lie about you” is not an easy thing.
“It’s always good to take down Planned Parenthood but it’s not without hurt,” she said.
Planned Parenthood has previously come under fire, being accused of discrimination such as ousting pregnant employees.