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On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for Robert J. Dignam’s hospital client which had been accused in an employment lawsuit of race, disability, gender, and age discrimination after it terminated a nurse for poor patient care and violations of its code of behavior. In granting summary judgment, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled that the plaintiff had not stated a threshold case on her claims of disability and gender discrimination, and that as to her race and age discrimination claims, the hospital provided a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for its discharge decision. When the plaintiff appealed, the appellate court ruled that the plaintiff’s evidence was actually insufficient to establish a threshold case on any of her four discrimination claims, since she admitted that she did not know any details about how the hospital dealt with her co-workers and could not show that any other employees who supposedly engaged in similar misconduct received more favorable treatment. Mr. Dignam is a shareholder in Johnson & Bell’s Employment practice group.  He resides in the firm’s Crown Point, Indiana office.

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