Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

761 F.3d 314 (2014)

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Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
761 F.3d 314 (2014)

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Facts

Lisa Lupyan (plaintiff) was an instructor for Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCI) (defendant). Lupyan took a personal leave of absence. Lupyan met with a CCI administrator who advised Lupyan to check a box marked “Family Medical Leave” on her leave request form. However, Lupyan’s rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) were not discussed at the meeting. CCI allegedly mailed Lupyan a letter that same day explaining her rights under the FMLA. Several months later, CCI terminated Lupyan in part because she failed to return to work after using her 12 weeks of FMLA leave. Lupyan denied receiving CCI’s letter and claimed that she did not know she was on FMLA leave. Lupyan filed suit against CCI for interfering with her rights under the FMLA. CCI filed a motion for summary judgment supported by affidavits from CCI employees stating that the letter, sent four years prior, was properly mailed. Relying on the mailbox-rule presumption, the district court entered summary judgment in favor of CCI. Lupyan appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McKee, C.J.)

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