According to a recent unanimous 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, hospital residency programs can be sued under Title IX if they fail to protect residents from gender discrimination. The decision reversed a lower court ruling that residency programs are not to be considered educational programs.
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson predicted the case will have reverberating effects across the healthcare industry.
"Sex discrimination is likely not on the radar of community hospitals that offer residency programs because they don't think it applies to them," Wilson said.
The case involved a former resident who sued Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia in 2015 under Title IX, claiming she was forced out of the program for denying unwanted sexual advances from a superior.
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