Doctor is awarded $500,000 in punitive damages in wrongful termination lawsuit
Considering how vociferously that doctors argue they shouldn’t be sued, I always note when they file a lawsuit. This doctor will learn firsthand how much of an injustice that damage caps are, as his $500,000 award will get reduced by $200,000.
A radiation oncologist who formerly worked for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute won a potential $3 million verdict in federal court yesterday on charges that her employer retaliated against her for raising concerns about discrimination.
In addition to back and front pay, the verdict includes $200,000 in compensatory damages, as well as $300,000 in punitive damages. The jury found that punitive damages should be $500,000, but under law, the cap is $300,000, said Dr. Gerszten's attorney, Colleen Ramage Johnston.