Segal McCambridge Employment Law Team Wins Summary Judgment in Race Discrimination Suit


March 27, 2013

Chicago, IL - Segal McCambridge attorneys David Yates, Robert McLaughlin and Misty Martin obtained a complete summary judgment for The Pavilion Foundation, a healthcare facility, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division.  Plaintiff claimed that she was wrongfully terminated solely because she is African American and brought suit in federal court alleging The Pavilion discriminated against her because of her race in violation of  Title VII. 

To establish a prima facia case of discrimination under Title VII, a plaintiff must show that (1) she was a member of a protected class; (2) she was meeting her employer's legitimate job expectations; (3) she suffered an adverse employment action; and (4) similarly situated employees not in the protected class were treated more favorably.  
After completing discovery, Segal McCambridge filed a motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal. The Court granted the motion and dismissed Plaintiff's entire complaint.  In a nineteen page written opinion, the Court agreed with Segal McCambridge and found that Plaintiff had not and could not establish a prima facie case of discrimination.   The Court acknowledged that although the Plaintiff was a member of a protected class (element 1) and has suffered an adverse employment action when she was terminated (element 3), Plaintiff could not demonstrate that she met The Pavilion's legitimate job expectations or that another similarly situated, non-African American, had been treated differently.  Without being able to meet these two essential elements, Plaintiff had not met her burden of proof and failed to state of case of discriminatory discharge.