HR employee's wrongful discharge and discrimination claims are summarily dismissed
Linda Tate was laid off by Plastomer Corporation, along with a large share of the Plastomer workforce, in 2008. Only the HR Director remained employed, and he was reduced to part-time without benefits. In 2009, the company offered to re-employ Tate on a part-time basis, along with another administrative assistant. Tate was on disability leave at the time and declined the offer. Months later, she sought re-employment and was again offered a part-time position which she declined. She then sued, alleging discrimination and a hostile work environment.
The Court of Appeals agreed with the trial judge that Tate could not prove that she was treated any differently than other similarly-situated HR employees or that economic down-turn was a mere pretext for her lay off. It also concluded that her allegations about harassment in 2008 could not rise to a jury decision because she had not raised any of the issues with company management prior to her lawsuit.