December 2017

Global IT Company Defeats Reverse Discrimination Claims at Trial and Appeal

Asia - India | United States - Washington

A global IT company defeated claims of race/national origin discrimination and retaliation brought by a former executive who was terminated as part of a worldwide reduction in force. Faegre Baker Daniels represented the company in winning summary judgment in a federal district court and winning affirmation of the ruling upon the plaintiff's appeal. 

FaegreBD managed highly contentious discovery disputes including motions to compel and for sanctions. Key witnesses were senior executives living overseas, which implicated the Hague Convention on the taking of evidence. In less than six months, a FaegreBD team absorbed the case, defended several depositions, fought the plaintiff's discovery motions, reviewed and produced voluminous discovery, and filed dispositive motions.

The district court entered summary judgment for the company on the eve of trial, finding that the plaintiff had not established even a prima facie case of reverse discrimination. An appeals court affirmed the judgment without oral argument and without dissent.

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