Could a shoddy investigation into a complaint of discrimination lead to a viable lawsuit by . . . the accused?

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I’m generally skeptical when I read about lawsuits that individuals accused of discrimination bring against their former employers.

Last night, I read about a doctor who was terminated from his position after his former employer received an anonymous complaint allegedly accusing him of sex discrimination. The doctor (plaintiff) claimed that the defendants investigated the claim inadequately, inconsistent with a seemingly robust written investigation policy.

If true, a poor investigation probably isn’t actionable in court. However, the plaintiff alleged that his sex (male) motivated the inadequate response and his termination of employment without any sort of due process.

Theoretically, a

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