A former lobbyist with the American Psychiatric Association sued the group yesterday for employment discrimination .
Angela Foehl, who filed suit pro se at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, claims her supervisor at the association carried out “a long-term, systematic campaign of unlawful discrimination and harassment” against her because of her “age, sex, Jewish religion, or combination thereof.”
According to her complaint, Foehl, a licensed attorney, was in her early fifties when she served as the association’s director of regulatory affairs between 2005 and 2007. She alleges that, among other acts of discrimination, she was stripped of her role as liaison to the group’s delegation to the American Medical Association, before the job was handed to a younger, less-qualified male.
“Ironically, since Plaintiff was working for psychiatrists, the stress induced by enduring Defendant’s long-term discrimination and harassment resulted in Plaintiff having to receive psychological counseling and anti-depressant medication in an attempt to cope with it,” Foehl wrote.
Foehl declined to comment. The American Psychiatric Association has not returned a request for comment.