Two Former Employees Sue Charlotte Oral Surgeon

CHARLOTTE – A prominent Charlotte oral surgeon is being sued by two employees who claim they were fired after raising safety concerns.

The former employees spoke to anchor Allison Latos Tuesday about what they say they witnessed.

The two women, who were surgical assistants in August 2015 for Dr. Richard Rolle, filed a civil wrongful termination lawsuit against the surgeon and his Cornelius office claiming wrongful termination after speaking up about what they call unsafe practices.

Rolle’s website says he is the official oral surgeon of the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers, the lacrosse team the Hounds and Charlotte’s Independence soccer team.

Kelli Barfield and Jennifer Baird worked at Rolle’s office for less than a week.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, the women claim, Rolle reused IV bags on multiple patients, placed an anesthesia mask on multiple patients without sanitizing it and failed to repair a malfunctioning sterilization machine.

“The medications were expired, like the anesthesia reversal drugs, emergency drugs for the patients were expired and had been expired for some time,” Barfield said.

Rolle’s attorney denies the women’s claims and said Barfield quit and Baird was fired for threatening another employee.

Rolle is in good standing with the North Carolina Dental Board.

Baird filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety Health Administration over her concerns.

OSHA took no action against the doctor.

The North Carolina Department of Labor investigated the women’s complaints and issued Baird a right to sue letter saying “there is sufficient evidence to establish a violation of the law may have occurred.”