Employment discrimination - Motion in limine granted excluding Maine Human Rights Commission finding in favor of plaintiff.
U.S. District Court, Portland, Maine (13752)
The plaintiff was employed by the defendant security
transportation company as an ATM technician. She claimed gender
discrimination where she was denied a promotion that was given to
a male employee. The plaintiff filed a complaint with the Maine
Human Rights Commission, which issued a statement of finding in her
favor. The plaintiff was later terminated from her employment.
She claimed gender discrimination arising out of the denial of
the promotion, and that she was wrongfully terminated in
retaliation for her complaint with the Maine Human Rights
Commission. The plaintiff claimed lost wages and benefits,
compensatory and punitive damages.
The plaintiff was terminated from her employment approximately
one year after she was denied the promotion. The plaintiffs
witness testified that he had recommended the plaintiff for the
promotion. The defendants witnesses testified that the male who
was hired was more qualified for the position. The plaintiff
claimed that she was terminated in retaliation for her complaint
to the Maine Human Rights Commission, and that she had filed an
internal sexual harassment claim against the supervisor who fired
The defendant maintained that the plaintiff was terminated due to
her failure to fill out required paperwork and for failing to
report to repair ATMs when scheduled to do so. The defendants
witnesses testified that the plaintiff had told coworkers to
report her as present on service calls when she was not there.
The defendant entered into evidence the unfiled paperwork that
the plaintiff claimed she had submitted, which was produced by
the plaintiff in discovery.
In response to the defendants motion in limine, the court
excluded the entire Maine Human Rights Commission file.
The jury found in favor of the defendant.