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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In Sublett, LaTeirra R. v. John Wiley (SD Ind., Sarah Evans Barker, Judge), a 17-page opinion, Circuit Judge Wood writes:

LaTeirra R. Sublett, an African- American woman, sued John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Wiley Publishing, Inc. (to whom we refer collectively as “Wiley”), alleging that they failed to promote her, gave her unwarranted poor performance reviews, and retaliated against her for filing a complaint about race discrimination in violation of both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Wiley. Although some of Sublett’s allegations, if true, reflect unfortunate behavior, we conclude that she failed to establish a prima facie case or pretext with respect to any of her claims. We therefore affirm the district court’s judgment. * * *

We conclude that Sublett’s evidence, construed most favorably to her, shows at most that certain individuals at Wiley made some unfortunate remarks and some contestible promotion decisions. This is not enough to permit a trier of fact to consider her discrimination or retaliation claims. We therefore AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 13, 2006 12:34 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions