Gender-based shift assignments: male aide's bias lawsuit thrown out.


The US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled it is not unlawful gender discrimination for an inpatient health care facility to give scheduling preference to female over male caregivers for assignments involving intimate personal care of female patients.

Female gender is recognized by the courts as a bona fide occupational qualification in care-giving situations only where intimate personal care of female patients is required.

The court thus endorsed the facility's policy for at least one female aide to be scheduled on every shift on a unit caring for female psychiatric...

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