A partial settlement of a lawsuit against UNC and Duke University filed in 2015 was granted initial approval by a federal judge in October.
The lawsuit, filed by former Duke professor Dr. Danielle Seaman, alleges that Duke and UNC’s medical schools and health systems entered into an agreement not to hire each other’s faculty. Dean Harvey, attorney for Seaman and the proposed litigation class, said this agreement resulted in the suppression of faculty pay.
Seaman filed the lawsuit after not receiving a radiologist faculty position at UNC School of Medicine. Seaman alleged the chief of cardiothoracic imaging at UNC said he was prohibited from hiring her because of the agreement between the schools, after stating she would be a good fit for the position.
The proposed litigation class includes anyone who was either a faculty member or a skilled medical employee of the defendants between 2012 and 2016, Harvey said.
The lawsuit says the defendants violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by entering into this agreement without the knowledge of their employees.