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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review Of Fifth Circuit Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

 
 

HLD, v. 30, n. 7 (July 2002)

Review Denied

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review Of Fifth Circuit Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

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. 35.

Wallace v. Methodist Hosp. Sys., cert. denied, 70 U.S.L.W. 3705 (U.S. May 20, 2002).

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