Nina Pirrotti and Joshua Goodbaum Defeat Summary Judgment in Yale-New Haven Hospital Equal Pay Case

May 4 2017

Nina Pirrotti and Joshua Goodbaum recently defeated a summary judgment in a federal court employment discrimination case against Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The plaintiff sued YNHH, alleging the hospital had discriminated against her on the basis of her sex, in violation of both the federal and state Equal Pay Acts, Title VII, and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA).

Specifically, according to the plaintiff, while she was the Medical Director of Clinical Performance and Associate Chief of Patient Safety and Quality, YNHH had discriminatorily paid her approximately 40 percent less than the hospital’s Medical Director of Patient Experience and Associate Chief of Medicine, who was a man.  It then terminated her because she was a woman and because she complained about the gender-based pay gap.

YNHH submitted a summary judgment motion, stating that the director is not a competent comparator of the plaintiff’s and that the hospital had a legitimate reason for paying the plaintiff less. YNHH also claimed the plaintiff could not establish an inference of discriminatory or retaliatory intent.

In denying YNHH’s motion for summary judgment, the court’s ruling commented on the “excellent briefs” filed in the case and held that that the plaintiff had enough evidence from which a jury could find that YNHH acted with discriminatory and retaliatory intent.

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