Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Supreme Court GVR's Title VII Nursing Home Case After Abercrombie

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court remanded for reconsideration an employment discrimination case whose result may be impacted by the court's recent decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores.  In Norbach v. Woodland Village Nursing Center, Inc., (Sup. Ct. June 8, 2015), (order list). the Supreme Court granted certiorari, summarily vacated the 5th Circuit's judgment and remanded.  In the case, the 5th Circuit had dismissed a Title VII religious discrimination suit brought by a nursing home activities aide who was fired by the nursing home after she refused to pray the Rosary with a patient.  The court held that no evidence had been presented to the jury showing that the employer knew or reasonably should have known that her refusal was based on the aide's Jehovah's Witness religious beliefs. (See prior posting.)