A Yale psychiatry professor has lost her bid to win her job back after a judge threw out her lawsuit against the university for firing her over a tweet questioning the mental health of and his supporters.
Dr. Bandy Lee filed a complaint against Yale last year, claiming it violated her free speech rights and professional obligations to warn the public about Trump’s ‘mental instability’ and that his supporters suffered from a ‘shared psychosis.’
US District Judge Sarah Merriman dismissed the suit on Tuesday, siding with the university, saying it had the right to not reappoint Lee, a voluntary professor, after losing confidence in her professionalism following her controversial tweet, the reported.
A US District Judge threw out Dr. Bandy Lee’s (above) lawsuit against Yale University on Tuesday for firing her over claims of Donald Trump’s ‘mental instability’ and tweeting that his supporters suffered a ‘shared psychosis’
The tweet at the root of the lawsuit was posted on January 2, 2020, where she also targeted Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team
Yale argued it was free to not reappoint Lee for her unpaid, voluntary teaching position because it lost faith in her professionalism after her repeated diagnosis of the former president
Lee has been a vocal critic of Trump over the years, notably holding a 2017 conference at Yale that resulted in the publication of her book, ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.’
In it, Lee suggested that Trump’s mental health was undermining not only the nation’s mental health, but also served as a threat to democracy.
She also sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee in 2019 claiming the former president was showing ‘signs of delusion’ amid his first impeachment inquiry.
Lee first stirred controversy in 2017 after a conference at Yale resulted in a best-selling book questioning Trump’s mental health and its alleged affect on America
Along with her tweet regarding Trump’s supporters, Lee added that lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, had ‘wholly taken on Trump’s symptoms by contagion.’
The university argued she repeatedly violated the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule, which states that it is unethical for psychiatrists to comment on a public figure’s mental faculties in an official capacity unless granted permission or after a medical examination.
Dr. John Krystal, the chair of Yale’s Psychiatry Department, warned Lee to stop tweeting about Trump’s mental health and that of his inner circle and supporters, by she continued to do so until she was let go.
In her 2020 termination letter, Krystal wrote: ‘I want to emphasize that you did not make these statements as a layperson offering a political judgment; you made them explicitly in your professional capacity as a psychiatrist and on the basis of your psychiatric knowledge and judgment.
‘For that reason, the committee decided it was appropriate to consider how these statements reflected your ability to teach trainees.’
Representatives for Lee and Yale did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Lee suggested Trump’s mental health was undermining the mental health of his supporters and served as a threat to democracy. Pictured: A group of pro-Trump supporters holding a counter-protest on Thursday
Lee claimed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, had ‘wholly taken on Trump’s symptoms by contagion.’ Dershowitz had called on Yale to act after Lee broke the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule
Following her tweet, Dershowitz sent a letter to Yale administrators on January 11, complaining that the professor’s post constituted ‘a serious violation of the ethics of the American Psychiatric Association’ and calling for 릴게임사이트 her to be disciplined.
The said Dershowitz added in his letter that Lee ‘publicly diagnosed [Dershowitz] as psychotic…without ever examining or even meeting’ him.
In her complaint, Lee also claims she did not diagnose Dershowitz, ‘but [was] rather commenting on a widespread phenomenon of “shared psychosis.” ‘
She was looking to be reinstated and was seeking compensation for damages, which include ‘economic losses’ and ’emotional distress.’
Although her position was unpaid and had a minimal teaching load, Lee claimed the job was worth ‘thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars’ in benefits, privileges and global exposure.
Lee also claims she turned down a role with Harvard to take the job at Yale, 릴게임사이트 her alma mater
She also claimed she gave up a role with Harvard University to take the volunteer position at Yale, her alma mater.
The former Yale faculty member ultimately called the Goldwater Rule a ‘gag order,’ according to the court documents.
Lee believes the rule goes against her role as a psychiatrist ‘in light of her belief that Donald Trump posed a dangerous threat to his country and the world,’ her complaint reads.
Lee has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association since 2007.
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