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Makowski v. SmithAmundsen (7th Cir. 2011)

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HR Director's Alleged Comments Prove Costly

Ogletree Deakins • December 19, 2011
A federal appellate court recently held that remarks allegedly made by a law firm's human resources director could be "direct evidence" of pregnancy discrimination and a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). According to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, such evidence falls outside of the "hearsay" objection that might otherwise keep it from being presented to a jury. Makowski v. SmithAmundsen LLC, No. 10-3330, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (November 9, 2011).

Alleged comments by HR director sufficient to defeat company's motion for summary judgment.

Ogletree Deakins • November 21, 2011
Remarks by a law firm’s human resources director could be “direct evidence” of pregnancy discrimination and violation of the FMLA, according to the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals. According to the court, such evidence falls outside of the “hearsay” objection that might otherwise keep it from being presented to a jury. Makowski v. SmithAmundsen LLC, 7th Cir., No. 10-3330, November 9, 2011.
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