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Dismissed resident sues for discrimination

Residency Program Insider, September 2, 2016

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Stephanie Waggel, MD, a former psychiatry resident at George Washington University Hospital diagnosed with cancer, is suing the university, alleging violations of the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the D.C. Human Rights Act.

Waggel was diagnosed with kidney cancer in the spring of 2015 and her lawsuit outlines how her supervisors failed to accommodate her medical treatment despite receiving approval for medical leave to attend appointments and recover from surgeries. While undergoing treatment, she received several letters of deficiency and was informed that she would not be promoted to her third year of the program. She was dismissed from the program in May. 

Waggel’s lawsuit asks that she be reinstated into the program and receive at least $300,000 in compensatory damages.

Source: The GW Hatchet
 



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