Former assistant professor sues UM medical school alleging bias

December 18, 1997|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A former assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine filed a $1.1 million federal lawsuit against the university yesterday, accusing officials of discriminating against her because of her disabilities.

Dr. Barbara Miller, an instructor in the medical school's radiology department from August 1992 to January 1996, alleges in the suit that officials refused to allow her to work part time after she suffered congestive heart failure and was diagnosed with Graves' disease -- a condition in which the thyroid gland enlarges and produces too much thyroid hormone, causing anxiety and restlessness, palpitations and weight loss.

In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Miller says doctors warned that if she continued to work full time, her condition would worsen. But the university required her to continue working full time, and her health deteriorated, the suit alleges.

In the suit, Miller of Rockville charges that UM officials violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is seeking relief for emotional distress, lost wages and denial of her vested pension and profit-sharing plan benefits.

UM officials declined to comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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