Pretzel & Stouffer

Summary Judgment Victory in Title VII Lawsuit

Jim Sipchen and Matthew Lidga prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in favor of large retail seller of party supplies on a Title VII claim brought by the store's former employee.  The lawsuit was brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and alleged gender discrimination based upon "gender stereotyping."  Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the store had discriminated against her because she did not dress or act like a "stereotypical" female.  The court held that admissions extracted from the plaintiff at her deposition demonstrated that she could not prove actionable retaliation or hostile work environment. 

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