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Simple v. Walgreen Co.

511 F.3d 668 (2007)

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Simple v. Walgreen Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

511 F.3d 668 (2007)

Facts

Eric Simple (plaintiff), an African-American man, was a longtime assistant manager at the Pontiac, Illinois location of Walgreen Co. (defendant). During his employment, Simple was offered management positions at locations in predominately Black areas. When Simple was passed over for a promotion at the Pontiac location for a less-qualified White woman, Simple filed a Title VII action, alleging racial discrimination. Simple sought to introduce statements made by Leanne Turley, a manager at Walgreen. Such statements included Turley admitting that she was consulted in the decision not to promote Simple and that she stated Pontiac was not ready to have a Black manager. The judge excluded the statements and granted summary in favor of Walgreen. On appeal, Simple argued that Turley’s statements were admissible as an opposing-party statement.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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