Ex-CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson suing Erlanger Health System for $25 million

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The former interim CEO of Erlanger Health System has filed a $25 million lawsuit claiming that she was forced out amidst elaborate political conspiracies that involved threats against her safety, hacking her computer and racial remarks.

Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, who served for a year as Erlanger's interim CEO after former CEO Jim Brexler's ouster, is suing the hospital based on claims of retaliatory discharge, invasion of privacy and conspiracy, and violation of the Tennessee Disability Discrimination act.

As interim CEO, Woodard-Thompson earned $486,720 a year.

The suit details remarks and conversations during the hospital's CEO selection process, including the claim that several top hospital officials -- including a former chief of staff -- said that "medicine is a white man's world."