Last time, we looked briefly at the how the heavy emphasis state medical boards place on mental health and substance abuse history in the licensing of physicians may be prompting physicians with these struggles to keep quiet about them and avoid seeking help. We also mentioned that, in some cases, the way state medical boards treat these matters may be illegal under federal law.
Admission to the practice of medicine is a significant accomplishment, but there are a number of potential barriers that can get in the way, for certain physicians. One of these potential barriers is intrusive inquiry about mental health history and substance abuse. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, many state medical boards inquire more deeply into these matters than physical health conditions, and this focus may be having negative effect on physicians.
There is no denying the fact that nurses play a large role in patient care. Without these medical professionals, it would be difficult for patients to receive the treatment and care they need to feel their best.
In any employment discrimination case, it is critical for an employee who has been subjected to adverse employment action to work carefully with an experienced attorney to fully establish each element of the discrimination claim, whether the claim falls under state or federal law.
Previously, we began looking at the importance of working with an experienced attorney to build the strongest possible discrimination case. As we noted last time, one of the challenges many discrimination plaintiffs face is making a strong case for illegal discrimination. This is true both of cases involving discriminatory intent, as well as cases involving disparate impact.
Previously, we began looking at when an individual may file a discrimination claim against an employer. As we noted, individuals are not required to file a discrimination complaint through Minnesota Department of Human Rights before filing a discrimination claim under Minnesota law, but they are required to file a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before filing a discrimination claim under federal law.