MIchigan Supreme Court reverses Court of Appeals and dismisses victim's discrimination claim
Linda Billings sued Michigan Ability Partners under the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, after it terminated her employment. The Court of Appeals had concluded that Billings' case should go to trial because she had documented a pretextual discharge based on her loss of her driver's license. The appellate court pointed to the fact that driving was not a material part of Billings' work duties and to the nature of the employee hired to replace her. The Supreme Court reversed and dismissed Billings' claim, holding, without an explanatory opinion, that she had not proved a discriminatory motivation for the firing.