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Can Racial Statements of a Non-Decisionmaker Support a Discrimination Claim?

Posted on November 9, 2016

The Situation: An employee is terminated after he gets into some verbal disputes with some other co-worker.  He claims that the disputes all relate back to some inappropriate racial statements and discriminatory animus of a co-worker, who he alleges had an impact on the decision to terminate him, although clearly was not in charge of making the decision himself.  Can he state a claim under Title VII for discrimination based on his termination without any proof of racial animus on the part of the decisionmaker?…

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