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1st Circ. OKs Explaining Bias Suit Burden-Shifting To Jury

Law360 (February 8, 2018, 5:41 PM EST) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday denied a new trial to a former Rhode Island municipal social worker who alleged she was fired because of a disability, rejecting her argument that the district judge confused the jury by instructing them on the federal courts’ burden-shifting framework for proving bias claims.

Though some courts have suggested the so-called McDonnell Douglas framework may be too complex for jurors as laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in its namesake case, U.S. District Judge John McConnell Jr.’s explanation to the jury...
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Case Information

Case Title

Teixeira v. Town of Coventry, et al

Case Number



Appellate - 1st Circuit

Nature of Suit

3751 Labor Family Medical Leave Act

Date Filed

January 19, 2017

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