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Summary Judgment Obtained for Public School District Client in Discrimination Case

February 19, 2013

Marc Casarino of the Wilmington office recently won summary judgment in favor of one of the firm’s public school district clients. In this employment dispute, the plaintiff, an administrator at the district, claimed that the district discriminated against her on account of her race, disability, and use of FMLA leave. The plaintiff further claimed a hostile work environment caused by alleged racial disharmony in the district. Lastly, the plaintiff claimed that the district retaliated against her for voicing complaints about the aforementioned issues.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware held that the plaintiff’s allegations were unfounded, and entered judgment on all claims in favor of the district following the finding of record evidence that refuted the plaintiff's conclusory allegations during discovery. Additionally, the defense was able to demonstrate that race, disability, use of leave time, nor any other protected classification impacted the district’s decisions pertaining to the plaintiff’s employment. And, the defense refuted the plaintiff's spurious allegations of racial disharmony and retaliatory conduct.

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