The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing a Connecticut hospital over a policy that it says violates two antidiscrimination laws by requiring eye and neuropsychological exams for employees age 70 years or older when they seek medical privileges.
The Yale New Haven Hospital late career practitioner policy has been in place for four years. The EEOC filed a lawsuit on Feb. 11, alleging that policy is illegal because it singles out individuals for testing based only on their age, not any suspicion about a decline in cognitive or physical abilities.1
That is a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC says. The policy also violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because it subjects employees to medical examinations that are not job-related, the lawsuit claims.1
The hospital issued a statement saying its late career practitioner policy is designed to protect patients from potential harm. The statement says the policy is modeled on certain protections in other industries. Further, the statement says that the hospital intends to vigorously contest the lawsuit.2