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TIMBERLIE ADAMS v. MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE

Administrative law — Employment termination — Substantial evidence

On December 15, 2015, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (hereinafter “the Department”), issued a Notice of Termination to Timberlie Adams, R.N. (hereinafter “Appellant”) who was employed at Western Maryland Hospital Center (hereinafter “WMHC”). A hearing was held on May 11, 2016, before an Administrative Law Judge (hereinafter “ALJ”), at the Office of Administrative Hearings, who issued a final decision concluding that the Department lawfully terminated Appellant’s employment.

On June 6, 2016, Appellant petitioned for judicial review of the ALJ’s final decision in the Circuit Court for Washington County. After holding a hearing on February 15, 2017, the circuit court affirmed the ALJ’s final decision. Appellant timely filed this appeal and presents the following question for our review, which we rephrased:

I. Did the ALJ lack substantial evidence in affirming Appellant’s termination?

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