Thorington v. Sally Beauty Holding, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 5/10/2017. (rban, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
Bianca Jasmine Thorington,
Civil Action No. l:16-cv-626
Sally Beauty Supply LLC,
This matter comes before the Court on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt.
Plaintiffs complaint alleges sex discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment,
retaliation, and pregnancy discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964,42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. For the reasons set forth below, the Court GRANTS IN PART
AND DENIES IN PART Defendant's Motion.
A. Factual History
Defendant, Sally Beauty, LLC, is a wholesale and retail distributor of professional beauty
products. SOF11. The company is based in Texas but operates internationally, including 77
stores in the Commonwealth of Virginia. SOF %1. Defendant has an equal opportunity
employee policy set forth in the employee handbook. SOF 12. Defendant also maintains a
"Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Procedure" under which employees are obligated to
report incidents ofdiscrimination or harassment to the human resource manager, vice president
of human resources, or the company president. SOF 13. The policy protects whistleblowing
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