4th Circ. Sides With USPTO In Race, Sex Bias Case

Law360, New York (July 7, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office employees who accused the agency of discriminating against black and female workers by denying them promotions while promoting a white male employee.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday sided with the USPTO, finding that the employees failed to make a prima-facie case of discrimination.

The appeals court also said it agreed with the ruling from the U.S. District Court for...
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