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7th Circuit reinstates CSX worker’s sex discrimination claims

July 11, 2014

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday reinstated sex discrimination and retaliation claims from a woman who alleges she was denied opportunities to advance as a railroad yardmaster with CSX Transportation Inc.

Stephanie Sue Carlson worked for years as a clerk and substitute yardmaster at CSX facilities in Birmingham, Ala., and in Evansville, but her Title VII suit alleges the railroad denied her opportunities to rise in the company and awarded promotions she sought to less-qualified male counterparts.

Most of the allegations were dismissed by Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division, but the circuit panel reversed.

“We conclude that none of her claims should have been dismissed. The allegations in her complaint are easily sufficient to state claims for sex discrimination and retaliation,” Judge David Hamilton wrote for the panel in Stephanie Sue Carlson v. CSX Transportation, 13-1944 and 13-2054.

The panel also rejected CSX’s cross-motion for summary judgment and remanded to the District Court for further proceedings.


 

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