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Crawford v. Metropolitan Government

United States Supreme Court
129 S. Ct. 846 (2009)


Facts

In 2002, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (Metro) (defendant) began investigating whether an employee-relations director, Gene Hughes, was guilty of sexual harassment. As part of Metro’s investigation, a Metro human-resources officer questioned Vicky Crawford (plaintiff) about whether Crawford had witnessed inappropriate behavior by Hughes. Crawford disclosed in detail several occasions in which Hughes had sexually harassed Crawford. Metro later fired Crawford for alleged embezzlement. Crawford sued Metro, alleging that Metro had fired Crawford in retaliation for reporting Hughes in a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Metro. The court of appeals affirmed.

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