Friday, May 16, 2008

SAG Discrimination Case Not to Be Reviewed by Supreme Court

Sag The Hollywood Reporter had a story early this week that:

A race discrimination lawsuit filed against SAG by its former director of affirmative action has been settled just days before the U.S. Supreme Court was to decide whether to review the lower federal courts’ decision in the case.

Patricia Heisser Metoyer sued SAG claiming she was fired in retaliation for complaints she made about alleged discrimination by the guild. SAG claimed she was let go for allegedly giving more than $30,000 in union funds to friends, business partners and her husband’s production company.

The case was Screen Actors Guild v. Metoyer, No. 07-1024.  The legal issue of interest would have been whether under Section 1981 an employer can assert a “mixed motive” defense to an employment discrimination claim.

Hat Tip:   Jack Sargent


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Wrongful Termination And Retaliation Claims by Dr. Patricia Heisser Metoyer Can Proceed Against Screen Actors Guild

Metoyer v. Screen Actors Guild, 504 F.3d 919 (9th Cir. 2007)

SAG terminated the employment of Dr. Patricia Heisser Metoyer (SAG’s national executive director of affirmative action)filing a lawsuit alleging race discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and violation of state anti-discrimination law. Although the district court granted summary judgment to SAG, the Ninth Circuit reversed in part and held Metoyer could proceed with her claims for wrongful termination and retaliation under state and federal law. Cf. Beck v. UFCW, 506 F.3d 874 (9th Cir. 2007) (Dr. Heisser Metoyer’s $191,000 gender discrimination judgment against the Screen Actors Guild is affirmed).

Posted by: CV Johnson | Nov 20, 2018 7:27:35 AM

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