"Mom" Isn't Discriminatory, Court Rules

Law360, New York (January 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The fact that a supervisor allegedly referred to an employee as a "mom" before rejecting her request for a promotion does not prove that the decision was discriminatory, an appeals court has ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed the case in an unpublished decision on Dec. 27. It found that Kimberly Peters did not sufficiently prove that the nondiscriminatory reason her supervisor at Shamrock Foods Co. gave for denying a promotion was a cover for bias.

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