Firing Over Mediation Conduct Wasn't Retaliation: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 29, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that direct marketing firm A.B. Data Ltd.'s decision to fire an employee for misconduct during a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-sponsored mediation wasn't unlawful retaliation.

Affirming a Wisconsin federal court's grant of summary judgment to A.B. Data, a three-judge panel found that the company was within its rights to ax former employee Michael Benes because he barged into the room where the employer representatives were located to reject an offer during a separate-room mediation on his sex discrimination claims.

And because...
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