7th Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Title VII Sex Discrimination Case.

On March 26, 2014, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in a Title VII gender discrimination case.  Bass v. Joliet Public School District No. 86, No. 13-1742 (March 26, 2014).  The Defendant established that it terminated the Plaintiff for job abandonment since she failed to return to work after exceeding all of her available leave time.  The Plaintiff claimed that she was terminated because of her sex, in violation of Title VII.  The Seventh Circuit found that the Plaintiff failed to present any evidence of disparate treatment.  Plaintiff's bare assertion that similarly situated males were treated differently, without any substantiation or names, was insufficient to raise any issue of fact.  Moreover, three similarly situated male employees were terminated for the same reason.

The Seventh Circuit also found that the Plaintiff failed to establish that she met her employer's legitimate expectations, as there was no question that she had violated her employer's attendance guidelines.