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Monday, May 21, 2012

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues two Indiana decisions today

In Cortezano v. Salin Bank (SD Ind., Barker), a 13-page opinion, Circuit Judge Wood writes:

Kristi Cortezano filed suit against her former employer, Salin Bank & Trust Company, alleging national-origin discrimination based on her marriage to Javier Cortezano, a Mexican citizen whose presence in the United States was unauthorized. (We use the couple’s first names to avoid confusion.) The district court granted Salin Bank’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Kristi failed to establish that her firing was based on an impermissible reason. Kristi now appeals. We find that any discrimination that led to Kristi’s firing was not based on Javier’s race or national origin, but rather on his status as an alien who lacked permission to be in the country. Because alienage is not a protected classification under Title VII, Kristi has no claim for relief, and so we affirm.
In Plumbers & Pipefitters Local v. Zimmer Holdings (SD Ind., Barker), an 11-page opinion, Chief Judge Easterbrook writes:
Two pension funds that own shares of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., charge it with defrauding its investors by downplaying the significance of difficulties it was having manufacturing some of its products and the high failure rate one surgeon reported for another of its products. * * *

Plaintiffs point to many other supposedly false statements and a host of detail that supposedly shows that one or another statement was knowingly false. The district court’s two lengthy opinions address all of these other statements. We have covered only the highlights— but, because these highlights are plaintiffs’ strongest arguments, there is no need to fill the Federal Reporter with the rest. We agree with the way the district court addressed them, and its judgment is AFFIRMED.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 21, 2012 10:38 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions