HKH’s Labor and Employment Practice Group recently achieved summary judgment for its clients in three separate cases.
- In the first case, decided on November 21, 2017, an optometrist under contract with a retailer claimed the retailer did not renew her contract on the basis of her race. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, however, agreed with HKH’s evidence that the optometrist’s contract was not renewed because she failed to fulfill certain contract terms. HKH attorney Lynlee Wells Palmer represented the retailer in securing the dismissal of the case.
- In the second case, decided on December 7, 2017, a retail employee claimed his employer discriminated against him on the basis of an alleged disability and retaliated against him for seeking an accommodation related to that condition. Representing the employer, HKH successfully argued that the employee had been fully accommodated. HKH attorney Jonathan S. Harbuck achieved dismissal for the retailer from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
- In the third case, also decided on December 7, 2017, a nursing home employee claimed that her termination was based on her race, her age, her alleged disability, and in retaliation for an alleged complaint about her supervisor. Finding for the employer and dismissing the case, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama concluded that the employee’s discharge was based on her repeated and admitted documentation errors, not on any protected class or in retaliation for any complaint. HKH attorneys Spencer A. Kinderman and Lynlee Wells Palmer represented the nursing home.