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US government sues Yale’s teaching hospital for age discrimination in testing older doctors

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 18 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m639
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Yale New Haven Hospital over its policy of requiring doctors aged over 70 to undergo a neuropsychological screening evaluation and basic ophthalmologic examination.

Because such tests are demanded only of older doctors, the EEOC argues in its lawsuit,1 Yale’s “late career practitioner policy” breaches the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The commission also contends that the policy contravenes the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits subjecting employees to medical examinations that are not job …

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