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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues one Indiana opinion today

In Patterson and Coffey v. Indiana Newspapers (SD Ind., McKinney), a 21-page opinion, Judge Sykes writes:

Lisa Coffey and James Patterson are former editorial writers at The Indianapolis Star who left the newspaper in 2003 and 2005, respectively. They departed under very different circumstances, but both claim they were victims of employment discrimination on the basis of their religion—more specifically, discrimination because they are Christians who believe that homosexual conduct is sinful. Patterson also claims the Star discriminated against him because of his race (African- American) and age (he was 51 when he was fired), and retaliated against him for filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Finally, both plaintiffs assert a state-law claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The district court entered summary judgment for the Star on all claims, and Coffey and Patterson appealed. We affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 8, 2009 11:55 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions