September 2020

National Banking Association Defeats Age and Disability Discrimination Claims

United States - Iowa

A national banking association successfully defended against claims made by a current employee who alleged harassment from supervisors on the basis of age. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that they scrutinized his work and issued formal warnings and performance improvement plans because of his age. The plaintiff asserted disability discrimination and retaliation claims. Our firm represented the banking association in the case.

Initially, the plaintiff sued the supervisors personally and we secured their dismissal. The court dismissed the plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim in a ruling dated August 23, 2019. Then in May of 2020, the Chief Judge for the Southern District of Iowa granted complete summary judgment in favor of the banking association, dismissing the plaintiff’s claims for hostile work environment, retaliation for complaining of age discrimination and requesting an accommodation, failure to accommodate and failure to hire based on disability. The plaintiff appealed but the decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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