ELLIOTT GREENLEAF WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND MONETARY SANCTIONS IN TITLE VII DISCRIMINATION CASE

Elliott Greenleaf won dismissal of a federal court Title VII discrimination case brought by a nurse alleging that a Hospital fired her because of her race. The plaintiff, an emergency room nurse with no prior disciplinary record, argued that the Hospital’s stated reason for firing her — i.e. the hospital’s concerns for patient safety — was a “pretext” and that the real reason for her termination was her race. After depositions and discovery, the Firm moved for summary judgment arguing that the plaintiff failed to satisfy the burden-shifting framework governing discrimination cases, as set forth by the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in McDonnell Douglass. The United States District Court agreed with the Firm’s arguments granting summary judgment for the Firm’s client The Court also granted the Firm’s motion for sanctions against the plaintiff, ordering her to pay the Hospital’s attorneys fees and costs arising from the Plaintiff’s discovery noncompliance during the course of the litigation. Frederick P. Santarelli and Aimee L. Kumer represented Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in this significant victory.


09.10.11 Order Granting Summary Judgment