Race discimination claim dismissed when claimant cannot prove disparate discipline
Renee Neal filed a Civil Rights lawsuit against Henry Ford Hospital, arguing that her termination constituted race discrimination because the hospital applied its discipline policy to her in a manner different than it applied the policy to white employees. Neal argued that she was terminated in response to a second employment violation where non-African Americans were not terminated after two violations.
The Court of Appeals upheld the trial court's decision that Neal was misinterpreting the policy in her analysis. It agreed with Henry Ford that Neal's original violation was a Step Two breach which could have resulted in immediate termination. Therefore the termination after two violations was consistent with Henry Ford's policies and actual practice involving all employees.