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Clark v. Kraft Foods
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
18 F.3d 1278 (1994)
Vonda Clark (plaintiff) was a line technician at Kraft Foods, Inc. (Kraft) (defendant). After being fired by Kraft, Clark filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that she was subjected to sexual harassment. In her EEOC complaint, Clark stated that women on her line were pressured to take lower-paying positions. Clark also stated that she was fired shortly after she refused to take a lower-paying position. Later, Clark filed suit in federal court, contending that Kraft violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). However, Clark did not bring a sexual-harassment claim. Instead, Clark asserted that Kraft engaged in disparate treatment on the basis of sex. Kraft moved for summary judgment, arguing that Clark did not properly raise her disparate-treatment claim before the EEOC. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Kraft. Clark appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Politz, C.J.)
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