Linthicum's alleged comments quickly went viral. When Kaiser Permanente learned of the controversy involving one of their employees, the hospital placed Linthicum on administrative leave pending an investigation. It announced Thursday that she no longer worked for the hospital, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Kaiser Permanente provided a statement to The Sacramento Bee: "Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion – it remains a place where we welcome everyone. We want to emphasize that the comments expressed by this employee, who is no longer with the organization, do not in any way reflect Kaiser Permanente’s views or actions."
Arechiga told The Sacramento Bee that Linthicum messaged her on social media, saying she was going to contact a lawyer about a defamation lawsuit.