Sex discrimination claim dismissed where substantial allegations documented to justify dismissal
In Thompson v. Dep't of Corrections, the Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's summary dismissal of the male plaintiff's gender discrimination claim. The Plaintiff had claimed that he and female corrections officers were treated differently in the management of allegations of inappropriate handling of confidential documents, insubordination, inappropriate behavior to another officer, and inhumane treatment of inmates.
The Court concluded that the female officers whom the plaintiff considered to be "similarly situated" were not in fact comparable, because while the allegations against the plaintiff had been substantiated, the complaints against the female officers had not. On that basis, the plaintiff could not prove that his firing was discriminatory.