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Case SUMMARY

Gouse v. District of Columbia

Civil Action 1:17-cv-2556

Our client worked at St. Elizabeths Hospital for 22 years, working her way up from a psychology resident to the interim CEO.  By all accounts, she was a respected leader with extensive institutional knowledge and an advocate for patients and staff alike.  When the permanent CEO position opened in 2016, the District selected another candidate with far less experience.  Days later, the Director fired our client.

The Director announced to staff that the new CEO was an “African American male with no kids.”  We filed suit alleging race and sex discrimination.  After a lengthy discovery period, including nearly a dozen depositions and review of tens of thousands of documents, we uncovered direct evidence of discrimination.  The DC government had no choice but to agree to a significant monetary settlement.

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