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A lesbian who claims she was promised an offer of a high-level executive post at a Scranton, Pa., hospital but was abruptly rejected soon after she disclosed her sexual orientation has won the right to pursue a claim in federal court that the hospital violated the Scranton Human Relations Ordinance.

In his 16-page opinion in Dolan v. Community Medical Center Healthcare System, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania rejected the hospital’s argument that the federal courts have no jurisdiction to hear such a case since the Scranton ordinance explicitly grants the right to sue only in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

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