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Keelan v. Majesco Software, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
407 F.3d 332 (2005)
Ivor Keelan and David Sullivan (plaintiffs) sued their employer, Majesco Software, Inc. (Majesco) (defendant), raising mixed-motive discrimination claims. The district court dismissed Keelan’s and Sullivan’s complaints, finding that they did not show prima facie cases of discrimination and that Keelan presented no evidence that Majesco had both legitimate and illegitimate motives for discharging him. Keelan and Sullivan appealed, arguing that the district court improperly evaluated their mixed-motive claims because a recent United States Supreme Court decision, Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90 (2003), changed the framework established in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792 (1973), for determining whether an employer’s adverse action had a discriminatory purpose.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (DeMoss, J.)
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