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Friday, June 03, 2011

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

In Vance v. Ball State Univ. (SD Ind., Barker), a 25-page opinion, Judge Wood writes:

Maetta Vance was the only African- American working in her department at Ball State University (“Ball State”) when racially charged discord erupted. In 2005, Vance began filing complaints with Ball State about her coworkers’ offensive conduct, which included the use of racial epithets, references to the Ku Klux Klan, veiled threats of physical harm, and other unpleasantries. In 2006 she filed two complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for race discrimination and, later, retaliation. After getting her right-to-sue letter, she filed this action in federal court alleging a range of federal and state discrimination claims. The district court granted summary judgment for the defendants and dismissed the case. On appeal, Vance pursues only her hostile work environment and retaliation claims against Ball State based on asserted violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. Because she has not established a basis for employer liability on the hostile work environment claim or put forth sufficient facts to support her retaliation claim, we affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 3, 2011 11:07 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions