Loss of Privileges/Retaliation

El-Khalil v. Usen

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of a hospital in a lawsuit brought by a podiatrist who claimed unlawful retaliation (non-renewal of his lapsed staff privileges) in violation of the False Claims Act.

COVID – Vaccine Mandates

Dr. A. v. Hochul

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction to medical professionals, preventing the New York State Department of Health from enforcing its regulation mandating COVID-19 vaccination of health care workers on the basis that the regulation did not include a religious exemption.

Employment Reference

Smith v. Williams

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas dismissed several claims brought by a physician who alleged that her former employer (a hospital CEO) told prospective employers and a state medical board that she was violating a non-compete agreement, was difficult to work with, and had failed to fulfill her on-call obligations while working at his hospital.  The physician alleged that all of the CEO’s statements were false and they interfered with her ability to obtain a license in another state, as well as her employment opportunities.

Sexual Harassment

Clinard v. Wash. Reg’l Med. Ctr.

In a case arising out of a workplace sexual harassment complaint, the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas granted a hospital’s motion for summary judgment of a Registered Nurse’s claims of gender discrimination, constructive discharge, hostile work environment, retaliation, and negligent hiring and retention.

Resident Training

Ramalingam v. Robert Packer Hosp.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a hospital’s motions to dismiss or limit recovery for a surgery resident’s claims of promissory estoppel and tortious interference with a contractual relationship.