Cleveland Clinic Ordered to Pay Heart-Stopping $28 Million in Age Discrimination Case

A jury has ordered Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio to pay $28 million in damages to a 77-year-old doctor who was pressured to retire because he was “no longer a fit” for the hospital. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Robert L. Katz, an ear, nose and throat physician, had worked at the Cleveland Clinic for almost two decades when a new chairperson of his department declared he was no longer a fit for the hospital. Then the clinic began steering Katz’s patients to younger doctors. When Katz complained, he was informed that he would not be reappointed. A jury in Cleveland Common Pleas Court awarded Katz, $1.95 million in economic compensatory damages, $325,000 in emotional distress damages and $26.375 million in punitive damages . The award  will likely be reduced in accordance with Ohio statutory caps. Instead of retiring, Katz went on to work for a practice in Lake County and at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. A Harvard trained…

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