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Determining “Employee” Status for Title VII


A federal appeals court recently rejected a physician’s employment discrimination lawsuit against a hospital that revoked her privileges because it found her not to be an “employee” eligible to bring such a claim. The lessons to be learned from this decision might help organizations defend a similar claim in the future. In a contributed article in Health IT Outcomes, Ashby Angell outlines the case – Levitin v. Northwest Community Hospital – and what its outcome means for similar cases. The decision should serve as a reminder to those hospital employers who regularly employ independent contractors. In her conclusion, Ashby states, “While this specific case is only controlling law in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin federal courts, it is worth reviewing the decision with your employment counsel to determine how you can best position yourself to defend these kinds of claims.”

To read the full article, visit Health IT Outcomes.


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