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The former executive director of a Bozeman home health care company claims she was wrongfully fired from her position in January.

In a complaint filed in Gallatin County District Court on May 11, Jennifer Krum claimed that her former employer, First Choice Home Health, failed to honor terms in her contract and fired her for failing to fulfill job requirements that were inaccurately labeled “supervisory goals.”

According to court documents:

In January 2012, Krum signed a contract with First Choice — an in-home nursing company — that included a schedule for annual, performance-based raises. When raises were due, the company refused to give Krum what was required under contract, instead giving her a lesser amount.

Part of the contract outlined “2015-2016 Goals” for Krum, which included keeping staff turnover at 20 percent or lower and increasing “agency profitability” by 15 percent.

However, Krum “was never told that this goal was in actuality a job requirement” and did not receive feedback regarding her failure to meet those goals.

As a reason for Krum’s termination, First Choice cited a report by a third party consulting firm that found that “The root cause of dissatisfaction” within the company stemmed from “how the clinical manager and the executive director are treating people.”

“The executive director and clinical manager are treating the clinicians with disdain,” the report reads. “Lack of appreciation, assistance, guidance and fair treatment is a recipe for more turnover.”

The report did not mention firing Krum.

The complaint requests a jury trial and that Krum be awarded damages for breach of contract and lost wages.

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Whitney Bermes can be reached at or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.


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