Thorington v. Sally Beauty Holding, Inc. et al

Filing 55

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 5/10/2017. (rban, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division Bianca Jasmine Thorington, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. l:16-cv-626 v. Sally Beauty Supply LLC, Defendant. MEMORANDUM OPINION This matter comes before the Court on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt. No. 32. 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. ยง 2000e et seq. For the reasons set forth below, the Court GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART Defendant's Motion. I. Background 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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