Jury awards California neurosurgeon $2M in retaliation case: 4 details

Written by Laura Dyrda | April 25, 2019 | Print  |

A California neurosurgeon won the lawsuit he brought against the University of California regents and two others, claiming his department leaders retaliated against him for filing a grievance in 2014, according to a My News LA report.

Four things to know:

1. The neurosurgeon, Mark Linskey, MD, claimed he filed a grievance against the chairman of his department at UC Irvine Johnny Delashaw, MD, and dean of the medical school Ralph Clayman, MD, in March 2014. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Linskey was moved out of his department, had his office relocated and was barred from working with residents.

2. Dr. Linskey also claimed that after he filed his grievance, he was transferred from general neurosurgery calls to vascular surgery calls, which affected his referral source. His pay was also reduced 55 percent, according to the report.

3. The jury reached its verdict on Monday, finding in favor of Dr. Linskey and awarding him $2 million.

4. In the second phase of the trial, Dr. Linskey will attempt to have his neurosurgeon status renewed at the hospital.

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