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Trial starts on doctor’s claims of bias at MGH

A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a federal trial alleging gender discrimination by Massachusetts General Hospital and its doctors, a case that will put many of Boston’s biggest names in orthopedic surgery on the witness stand.

Dr. Nina Shervin, a former orthopedic surgery resident, was one of the few women in the orthopedics department, and she contends in her lawsuit that the hospital discriminated against her by placing her on probation and then, after she complained, by refusing to give her a permanent job. The hospital and doctors deny Shervin’s assertions and contend that her performance was subpar.

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