Court of Appeals upholds summary disposition of woman's gender discrimination claim
After she was terminated by the City of Jackson, the plaintiff sued, arguing that her employer retaliated against her for alleging sex discrimination. The Court of Appeals upheld the summary disposition of her claim, deciding that her complaints about the male employees leaving work to attend a golf league were not comparable to her own attendance record; particularly since she did not argue that she couldn't join the golf league and leave early with the men.
The Court also discounted Konieczki's claim of retaliation, since the only connection between her complaint and her firing was the timing of the firing: it is not adequate to prove a legal connection, the court held, to show that the alleged retaliation falls hard on the heels of a protected complaint. Someone must admit to an illegal motive.