Liberty Medical employees 'scared' to speak out

Employee calls work environment 'hostile'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Management at Liberty Medical Supply in Port St. Lucie has yet to comment to WPTV NewsChannel 5 about substantial changes and major layoffs at the company. But one current Liberty Medical employee is breaking her silence about a work environment she calls 'hostile'.

"It was a very good place," said the employee whose identity will not be revealed. "It was teamwork. It was family," she said, describing work life when she was hired at Liberty Medical several years ago. This is how she describes the company now. "It's a very hostile environment right now; the not knowing what's going on."

Liberty Medical Supply, once St. Lucie County's largest private employer, has had a turbulent 2013. The company filed for bankruptcy, announced layoffs involving between 300 and 400 people and also cut pay for some employees.

The employee says she recently received a termination notice. In July, she will be among those being laid off. She says work stress is taking a toll on her physical and emotional well-being. "Anxiety attacks, panic attacks," she said, describing how the stress is impacting her. Still, she says, bleak job prospects keep her working at the company.

"They're scared," she said, speaking about her coworkers' reluctance to speak publicly about the company's inner workings. She says some employees fear that they would be let go even sooner than July or they may become ineligible for some unemployment benefits.

Additional layoffs, the company has said, are not likely. Multiple requests for comment from Liberty Medical management have yet to be answered.





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