7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Terrance S. McKinney v. Office of the Sheriff of Whitley County
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division.
Judge William C. Lee.
Civil. Reverses the grant of summary judgment to the Office of the Sheriff of Whitley County. Finds Terrance McKinney’s extensive evidence adds up to a strong case of race discrimination, as he presented evidence that he was treated differently than his similarly situated colleagues who are not black. Also finds McKinney presented substantial evidence that the many rationales used to fire him were baseless and pretextual. Finally, finds the district court erred by disregarding most of McKinney’s testimony, improperly discounting his testimony as “self-serving,” and misreading precedent on the “common actor” inference. Remands for trial.