Altru Health denies discriminating against Scientologist - 2019-01-11
Highshaw, who worked for Altru as a urologist from 2013 to 2016, filed a federal lawsuit in November, alleging the hospital scrutinized his skills as a doctor, limited the number of patients he would see and attempted to force him to participate in a program that would violate his religious beliefs. If he didn't complete the program, Altru allegedly said it would terminate his employment, according to the lawsuit complaint.
Highshaw said he resigned because of the alleged threat, but Altru denied those allegations.
The lawsuit stems from allegations aimed at Dr. Eric Leichter, who oversaw Highshaw's schedule. The complaint alleged Leichter screamed at Highshaw during a surgery in 2014 when Highshaw said he was taking vacation time to go to Clearwater, Fla., for a spiritual retreat.