Iowa Employment Law Blog

Iowa Employment Law Blog

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Published By Patrick D. Smith

Tag Archives: pretext

Recent Ruling from Eighth Circuit Shows an Employer’s Shifting Reasons for Decision May Not Be Evidence of Pretext

Posted in Eighth Circuit, Litigation and Trials, Title VII
It is a truism that employers prefer to win discrimination cases on summary judgment rather than go to trial.    In most cases, winning on summary judgment means convincing the judge there is not enough evidence that would allow the plaintiff to prove “pretext.”   (Pretext: “a purpose or motive alleged or an appearance assumed in order… Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted in Sex Discrimination, Title VII
Last week the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling in a pregnancy discrimination case that decided three issues significant to employers and employment litigators.   The first issue in DeBoom v. Raining Rose, Inc. involved whether an employee must actually be pregnant at the time of a termination to be protected by the Iowa Civil Rights Act’s prohibition… Continue Reading