A former hospital radiologist has filed a discriminatory act against New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and says he was forced to resign after being asked to work from home because his disability made him particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.  Dr. Richard Heiden said that he made the request due to his autoimmune disease, ulcerative colitis, and that according to the law he could have worked from home with little difficulty, Richard Heiden, MD v New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. , Medical Group of New York, PC and Alan Kantor, M.D., filed in New York District Court on Monday .
Dr. Heiden, who has more than 30 years of experience as a radiologist, began working at Lincoln Hospital, which is part of the Public Hospital Bureau, in October 201
The trial states that he asked the hospital if he could work from home and explained that he could still perform the most important functions of his job, noting that several prominent institutions allowed similar arrangements for their radiologists.
Dr. Heiden said his supervisor told him that if he did not resign, he would be fired and reported to the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct, "which threatens Dr. Heiden's medical condition and livelihood."
Dr. Heiden's supervisor claimed that he was a bad artist and was correct in his assessments only 93.8% of the time, which was below the hospital's threshold of 97%, which Dr. Heiden has denied, according to the trial.
Dr. Heiden's trial accuses him of discrimination and retaliation in violation of the federal American with Disability Act and state law.