Court: U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

In Belton v. GEO Group, Inc., No. 21-30144, 2021 WL 5832953 (5th Cir. Dec. 8, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of race discrimination claims under, inter alia, 42 U.S.C. 1981. Here, the plaintiff (a black man) claims that they were disciplined more harshly than…

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In Sansone v. Jazz Casino Company, LLC D/B/A Harrah’s Casino, No. 20-30640, 2021 WL 3919249 (5th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment / sexual harassment claim. Plaintiff – a baccarat dealer – alleged, among other things, that she was harassed…

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In Johnson v. PRIDE Industries, Inc., No. 19-50173, 2021 WL 3440524 (5th Cir. Aug. 6, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. (Note: the EEOC submitted an Amicus Curiae, i.e., “friend of the court,” brief in this…

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In a recent decision, Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Company, 18-20251 (5th Cir. Feb. 6, 2019), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition on discrimination “because of … sex” does not protect against discrimination based on transgender status. In light of other…

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