Loss of Privileges/Retaliation
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
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.
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.
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.
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.