Chandra Evans v. Walgreen Company
Per Curiam OPINION filed : the judgment of the district court is hereby AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Danny J. Boggs, Alan E. Norris, and Helene N. White, Circuit Judges.
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File Name: 14a0254n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Apr 02, 2014
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF
BEFORE: BOGGS, NORRIS, and WHITE, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM. Plaintiff Chandra Evans filed suit against her former employer, the
drugstore chain Walgreen Company, after she was terminated from her position as a pharmacist.
She contends that, as an African-American woman, Walgreen discriminated against her based on
her race and gender. She also alleges that Walgreen retaliated against her for speaking out about
this discrimination. Her complaint included several state and federal causes of action.
The district court granted summary judgment to Walgreen in a detailed, published order.
Evans v. Walgreen Co., 813 F. Supp. 2d 897 (W.D. Tenn. 2011). Evans appeals from that order
as well as the denial of motions for sanctions and reconsideration. This case was extensively
litigated below and the briefs on appeal are likewise detailed.
Evans v. Walgreen Co.
We review the grant of summary judgment de novo. 1st Source Bank v. Wilson Bank &
Trust, 735 F.3d 500, 502 (6th Cir. 2013). In doing so, we “shall grant summary judgment if the
movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled
to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a). Mindful of this precept, we have
reviewed the record and considered the arguments advanced by Evans in support of her Title VII
claim. Specifically, she takes issue with the court’s finding that Walgreen advanced a legitimate,
non-discriminatory explanation for terminating her employment, to wit, that she violated a policy
that prohibited workplace violence. In the district court’s view, Evans had not met her burden of
coming forward with evidence that Walgreen’s explanation was pretextual. Evans, 813 F. Supp.
2d at 920. It went on to explain why Evans’s contention that the company retaliated against her
for pursuing her Title VII claim fell short. Id. at 925–28. After careful consideration of the
arguments advanced by the parties, we adopt the reasoning of the district court on these points
and affirm its grant of summary judgment.
Evans also challenges the order overruling her objections to a magistrate judge’s report
recommending the denial of her motion for sanctions, a decision that we review for an abuse of
discretion. See Hall v. Liberty Life Assur. Co. of Boston, 595 F.3d 270, 275 (6th Cir. 2010).
Among other things, Evans asked the court to exclude a written statement that she made in the
course of the workplace-violence investigation. We find no abuse of discretion on the part of the
court in denying her motion. We agree with the reasoning set forth in its order of August 15,
Lastly, we affirm the order of the district court denying Evans’s motion for limited
reconsideration filed on September 24, 2012.
Evans v. Walgreen Co.
The judgment of the district court is hereby affirmed.
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