HLD, v. 30, n. 7 (July 2002)
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review Of Fifth Circuit Pregnancy
The U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a Fifth Circuit case
that held that a nurse could not prove she was discharged in violation of Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act. According to the hospital, plaintiff nurse was
discharged because she had falsified medical records. Plaintiff, however,
claimed the hospital terminated her employment based on her three pregnancies.
At trial, the jury found for plaintiff. The trial court judge set aside the
jury's verdict and found as a matter of law that the hospital had presented
sufficient evidence that plaintiff was terminated for a nondiscriminatory
reason. The Fifth Circuit affirmed, holding that there was no legally sufficient
basis from which a jury could conclude that plaintiff had been discharged
because of her pregnancies. The Fifth Circuit's opinion is published at 271
F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 2001) and is summarized at HLD, v. 30, n. 1, at p.
Wallace v. Methodist
Hosp. Sys., cert. denied, 70 U.S.L.W. 3705 (U.S. May 20, 2002).