EEOC cries foul over ‘ageist’ physician policy at Yale New Haven

Is one of the oldest medical institutions in America discriminating against its own doctors on the basis of age?

Yes, according to an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Jeffrey Burstein, Esq., alleges Yale New Haven Hospital ran afoul of the law by requiring older physicians—and only older physicians—to undergo neuropsychological and eye exams in order to gain or keep staff privileges.

“While Yale New Haven Hospital may claim its policy is well-intentioned, it violates anti-discrimination laws,” Burstein said in a statement.

For its part, the hospital is standing by its program.  

“The policy is modeled on similar standards in other industries,” YNNH said in a responding statement, “and we are confident that no discrimination has occurred and will vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.”

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