In addition to racial/ethnic discrimination, survey respondents reported discrimination based on education, income level, weight, sex, and age. Ethicists play a major role in applying methodological and theoretical tools to respond effectively to this problem.
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges one facility's late career practitioner 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.
Healthcare facilities are risking legal liability by not adequately addressing the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, warns a health professional who has addressed the issue for years.