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Prospective medical resident sues hospital for age discrimination

Residency Program Insider, May 25, 2018

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Northeastern Health System in Tahlequa, Oklahoma, is being sued by an applicant to its family medicine residency program for allegedly violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the state's Anti-Discrimination Act.

Madelyn H. Corkern, DO, is suing the hospital, as well as the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium Oklahoma, after she failed to be accepted into the program in 2017. According to court documents, the coordinator of the hospital's GME department sent the hiring committee an email advising it to not accept Corkern because she was a physician in her 50s and at a "different stage in life." The email was forwarded to Corkern, who complained of age discrimination and subsequently filed a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May 2017.

Corkern is suing the hospital for lost wages, the value of benefits, and damages based on her claims of discriminatory failure to hire based on age and retaliatory failure to hire her after she complained of age discrimination.

Source: Tahlequa Daily Press



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