WARREN R. SCHEDE v. ANTHONY & GORDON CONSTRUCTION CO., INC., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 5, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John M. Lawhorn and Richard E. Graves, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Warren R. Schede.

Attorneys 2:

Janet Strevel Hayes and Chris W. McCarty, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Anthony & Gordon Construction Co., Inc. and Chameleon Enterprises, Inc.

Judge(s): DINKINS

A bookkeeper for two companies was terminated after his employers learned that he had a conviction for money laundering and mail fraud arising out of his previous employment. The employee filed suit, alleging that he was terminated because of his age, in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and his disability, in violation of the Tennessee Disability Act. The employers moved for summary judgment, asserting that the employee was terminated for poor performance and for not disclosing the prior conviction, that these grounds constituted legitimate, nondiscriminatory grounds for termination, and that the employee could not demonstrate that these grounds were a pretext for unlawful discrimination. The trial court granted summary judgment to the employers, and the employee appeals. Finding that there are genuine issues of material fact as to whether the asserted reasons for Plaintiff’s termination are pretextual, we reverse the judgment and remand the case for further proceedings.

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