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Vaughn v. Lawrenceburg Power System

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
293 F.3d 703 (2001)


Lawrenceburg Power System (LPS) (defendant), a Tennessee state utility company, has an anti-nepotism policy that provides, among other things, that in the event two LPS coworkers marry, one must resign. Keith and Jennifer Vaughn (plaintiffs) both worked for LPS. After becoming engaged in September 1997, they were reminded of the policy and told that one of them would need to resign before they married. If they remained unmarried, however, both could continue to work for LPS. They did not wish to remain unmarried because Jennifer was pregnant with the couple’s child. The Vaughns married in January 1998 without either resigning. They were both suspended from the workplace until February 9, 1998, during which time they were to decide who would resign. On Friday, February 6, Keith informed LPS that Jennifer would resign. She did not return to work that following Monday, February 9, but nor did she provide a letter of resignation. Keith was fired by LPS that day. The Vaughns sued LPS under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Mr. Vaughn also brought an individual suit under the Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA). The disposition of the trial court was appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Boggs, J.)

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