Albert Brown v. MS Department of Health


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [12-60938 Affirmed ] Judge: JES , Judge: ECP , Judge: JWE Mandate pull date is 01/13/2014 [12-60938]

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Case: 12-60938 Document: 00512480468 Page: 1 Date Filed: 12/23/2013 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 12-60938 FILED December 23, 2013 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk ALBERT BROWN, Plaintiff−Appellee Cross Appellant, versus MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Defendant−Appellant Cross Appellee. Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi USDC No. 3:11-CV-146 Before SMITH, PRADO, and ELROD, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Albert Brown sued his employer, the Mississippi Department of Health Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 12-60938 Document: 00512480468 Page: 2 Date Filed: 12/23/2013 No. 12-60938 (“MDH”), under Title VII for race discrimination and retaliation. At trial, the district court granted a directed verdict in favor of MDH on the discrimination claim; the jury then returned a verdict for Brown on retaliation, awarding back pay and compensatory damages. The court then granted in part MDH’s motion for remittitur. Further, the court denied Brown’s request for reinstatement to the position to which he claimed he has been wrongfully denied but granted in part his motion for front pay and denied his motion for compensation to offset additional tax liabilities from the award. MDH appeals the judgment to the extent it is adverse. Brown does not challenge the directed verdict on the discrimination claim but cross-appeals the denial of a tax offset and the temporal limitation on the award of future wages. We have reviewed the briefs and applicable law and the pertinent portions of the record and have heard the arguments of counsel. There is no reversible error on the appeal or cross-appeal. A few weeks after briefing was completed, the Supreme Court decided University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S. Ct. 2517 (2013), which announced a but-for test instead of a mixed-motive test for retaliation claims. Although neither party called that decision to our attention, we requested letter briefs on the significance, if any, of Nassar to this case. Without opining on what result might obtain here under Nassar, we determine that its applicability is waived by MDH’s failure to raise that test in the district court, either by proffered jury questions or otherwise, not to mention the failure to raise it on appeal until we asked for letter briefs. There is no reversible error here under the mixed-motive rubric. The judgment is in all respects AFFIRMED. 2

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