Tuli v. Brigham & Women's Hosp., No. 08-2026 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
A neurosurgeon sued her employer, a hospital, and her former supervisor, Day, alleging gender discrimination by disparate treatment and hostile environment; retaliation; violation of the Massachusetts Health Care Whistleblower Act; intentional interference with advantageous relations; equal pay violations; and slander. As the department's professionalism officer and representative to the Quality Assurance and Risk Management Committee, plaintiff investigated three of Day's cases, which ultimately were reported to the state Board of Registration of Medicine. After a couple of years of hostile interactions between plaintiff and Day, the hospital credentials committee conditioned plaintiff's reappointment on obtaining an evaluation within four months by an outside agency and agreeing to comply with its recommendations. The district court entered an injunction against the hospital. The jury awarded plaintiff $600,000 against the hospital on the retaliation claim; $1,000,000 against the hospital for hostile work environment; $20,000 against Day for economic harm on the interference claim; and nominal damages for the whistleblower claim against the hospital, the slander claim against Day, and non-economic harm from the interference claim against Day. The First Circuit affirmed.