Duke Must Face Claims It Forced Out Doctor With Depression

Law360 (July 23, 2020, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Duke University must face a doctor's claims that it violated federal anti-discrimination law by refusing to renew his contract because he has depression and retaliated against him and other physicians who advocated for mental health awareness, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles denied Duke's motion for summary judgment on claims that the university violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it failed to keep anesthesiologist Michael Shaughnessy on faculty at the university hospital after learning that he has depression.

"Shaughnessy's evidence, if believed, shows harassment, retaliation, and discrimination by Duke against physicians who had depression and...

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