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Corewell Health clinic accused of religious discrimination ... - WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit

TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — A former Corewell Health physician is blowing the whistle, accusing one of their clinics in Taylor of overprescribing opioids and religious-based discrimination.

The bombshell lawsuit filed on March 24th claims the healthcare group violated civil rights, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and wrongful discharge.

7 Action News reporter Faraz Javed spoke with the doctor.

A son of Palestinian immigrants, Dr. Samer Ilayan, can never forget the pride his parents felt when he started his family medicine residency in 2019.

"It's true, it takes a village to kind of raise someone to have that type of success, and I can't thank them enough for what they've done," said Dr. Ilayan.

After working on the frontlines during the pandemic, the 32-year-old was hired as an attending physician at the Beaumont Athens Clinic in Taylor in July of last year. But quickly, things turned for the worse.

"My family worked so hard as immigrants coming to America for a better life, and for me to go through all that hard work that was just taken away, it really crushed me," said Dr. Ilayan.

An 18-page lawsuit tells the story.

A practicing Muslim, Dr. Ilayan asked for a five minute break for daily prayers and time to attend weekly Friday prayers, but his requests were denied. Dr. Ilayan attempted to perform daily prayers in the clinic's parking lot, and for Friday prayers, he had to submit a PTO request every week.

"The doctors that were there said this is the type of culture we have...

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