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Wilson v. Zapata Off-Shore Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
939 F.2d 260 (5th Cir. 1991)


Elizabeth Wilson (plaintiff) brought suit against her former employer, Zapata Off-Shore Company (Zapata) (defendant), for sex discrimination and emotional distress. Wilson had been admitted to a hospital and treated for anxiety during a time pertinent to her claims. At trial, Zapata sought to introduce a record from the hospital that contained a statement Wilson’s sister had made to a social worker. The hospital record stated that Wilson’s sister had reported that Wilson was “a habitual liar and [had] been all of her life.” The district court introduced the hospital record over Wilson’s objection. There was significant additional evidence presented at trial indicating that Wilson was not credible. The district court ruled in favor of Zapata. Wilson appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Garwood, J.)

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