Krause v. City of La Crosse

246 F.3d 995 (2001)

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Krause v. City of La Crosse

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
246 F.3d 995 (2001)

Facts

Leanna Krause (plaintiff) worked for the finance department of the City of La Crosse (defendant). Krause had several complaints about her job and working conditions, one of which was that she had been moved to a back room in the office that she believed was too messy, cluttered, and dingy. The city hired attorney Susan Love to investigate Krause’s allegations. Ultimately, Krause sued the city for discrimination. At trial, Krause sought to introduce a statement made to Love by Bill Schmidt, the city’s former assistant chief of police. Schmidt had told Love that the back room was dimly lit and not clean and that Krause had clearly been moved there as a disciplinary measure. The trial court excluded the statement as hearsay and granted the city summary judgment. Krause appealed, arguing that the statement was admissible as a statement by party opponent.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Coffey, J.)

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