Summary Judgment Won in Seven Plaintiff Race Discrimination Case
Seven plaintiffs brought a Section 1981 race discrimination case in North Carolina federal court against a Pizza Hut franchisee that owns and operates approximately 95 Pizza Hut restaurants in eastern North Carolina. Plaintiffs were two current and five former African-American employees who worked in positions ranging from assistant manager to server. The plaintiffs alleged sixteen different claims, including discrimination in wages, raises, terminations, promotions and rehiring. They sought damages in excess of $1 million. After more than 50 depositions were taken, we moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiffs could not establish the necessary elements of any of their claims. The court agreed. It found that the plaintiffs had failed to present any admissible evidence establishing a genuine issue of material fact and it granted summary judgment against the plaintiffs on all of their claims.