A Connecticut worker who was fired from her nursing home job for keeping furniture that was given to her by the family of a deceased resident has been awarded approximately $224,000 in a defamation suit. Laurie Gambardella v. Apple Health Care Inc., et al.

Following two trials, a Connecticut Appellate Court decision and a separate ruling on damages issued July 12, Laurie Gambardella was finally “vindicated” this month concerning allegations that she stole furniture belonging to her employer, said her attorney, Robert Nastri Jr., of Tinley, Nastri, Renehan & Dost in Waterbury, Conn.