A man formerly employed by RSC Equipment Rental in Louisiana claimed that his termination was retaliation for complaints of racial discrimination. He filed suit, and the district court ruled in RSC’s favor. Appellate judges disagreed with some of the district court’s arguments – but enough to reverse the judgment?
The man, an African-American, worked as an inside sales representative, processing orders for industrial equipment rentals. He was issued Performance Improvement Notices on three occasions in 2006. The company asserted that the man was fired on the basis of a policy which stipulates that termination is a possibility following three written warnings within a 12-month period. He maintained that it was retaliation for complaining of racial discrimination by co-workers and a supervisor. His lawsuit alleged a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.