Court Case: Riccardi v. Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A previous release on Riccardi v. Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued on October 10, 2007 by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund incorrectly stated as fact that Dr. Robert Kessler had done a ‘gross injustice’ to Dr. Patrizia Riccardi in describing a lawsuit that she filed against Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dr. Kessler. The press release also repeated the allegations in Dr. Riccardi’s Complaint without clarifying that they were unproven allegations. The case against Vanderbilt University Medical Center was settled. Recently, a jury found against Dr. Riccardi on all her claims in a separate suit by her against Dr. Kessler, and Dr. Kessler received a favorable jury verdict on his counterclaim against Dr. Riccardi for defamation of character. Our sincere apologies to Dr. Kessler for any discomfort, dismay, or embarrassment the statement in the press release may have caused. In addition, AAUW apologizes for characterizing as fact the allegations of Dr. Riccardi against Dr. Kessler in its May 2007 case history posting.

Case Adopted 05/07

 

Case History

Patrizia Riccardi, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, sued the university for sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Tennessee Human Rights Act.

In September 2007, Riccardi entered into a settlement with Vanderbilt University.

Key Case Issues

Sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.