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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.

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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.

Source: Doctor wins suit against cancer institute