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Thursday, June 09, 2011

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

In Harriett Ellis v. CCA of Tennessee (SD Ind., Barker), a 23-page opinion, Judge Flaum writes:

The plaintiffs in this case are former nurses who worked in the health care unit of a privately run jail. They maintain that their employer, defendant CCA of Tennessee LLC (“CCA”), subjected them to racial discrimination and a hostile work environment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. They also allege that their employment relationship ended when CCA constructively terminated their employment for complaining about problems at the jail, in violation of a state whistleblower law. The district court granted CCA’s motion for summary judgment. We affirm. * * *

D. Claim Preclusion. We do agree with plaintiffs that the district court erred with respect to its claim preclusion ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2011 10:33 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions