Wiggin and Dana Secures Victory for Hospital System

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Wiggin and Dana's Labor, Employment and Benefits group secured a victory for its client, a large hospital system. In the case, the plaintiff, a former resident physician, alleged that she was wrongfully terminated and retaliated against by the Hospital after she made a complaint of sexual harassment against a colleague.  In the course of its investigation, the Hospital determined that the plaintiff made a false claim and consequently terminated her residency and employment.  In her claim against the Hospital, plaintiff alleged that the Hospital failed to adequately investigate her claim and terminated her in violation of Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practice Act when it accused plaintiff of falsifying the claim of sexual harassment.

The Court held that the Hospital established its lack of retaliatory animus, in that it conducted a reasonable and adequate investigation and acted fairly in accordance with its established protocols.  The Court further found that the defendant reasonably relied on its good faith belief that the plaintiff engaged in misconduct by making a false complaint. 

The Wiggin and Dana team was led by Labor, Employment and Benefits partners, Mary Gambardella and Angela C. Robinson, and included Labor and Employment associate, Joshua Wyatt.