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Pina v. The Children’s Place, No. 13-1609, First Circuit Court of Appeals (January 27, 2014)

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Fired Employee Who Accused Coworkers of Sleeping with Boyfriend Lacks Triable Bias Claim

Ogletree Deakins • March 21, 2014
A retail employer did not violate federal civil rights laws or the Massachusetts state anti-discrimination law when it fired an employee because she made harassing, disparaging, and inappropriate accusations against her coworkers. According to the First Circuit Court of Appeals the discharged employee, who accused her coworkers of sleeping with her boyfriend—an employee of the same retail employer—failed to present evidence that her termination was motivated by race discrimination. She also failed to show, the court found, that the company’s later failure to rehire her was connected to her earlier discrimination complaint. Pina v. The Children’s Place, No. 13-1609, First Circuit Court of Appeals (January 27, 2014).