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Case: Sprint/United Management Co. v. Mendelsohn, Ellen
Subject(s): Age Discrimination in Employment Act, discrimination, evidence, testimony
Appealed from: Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket No: 06-1221
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether age discrimination plaintiffs can introduce so-called "me, too" evidence -- testimony by workers companywide that they were treated differently because of their age.

Holding of appellate court: The jury returned a verdict for Sprint, but on appeal the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed and ordered a new trial. The Tenth Circuit held that the "same supervisor" rule applies only to discriminatory disciplinary actions and not to suits alleging a company-wide policy of discrimination. The Tenth Circuit held that the "me, too" testimony was relevant because the other employees were similarly situated and fired around the same time, and it held that the testimony was important enough that its exclusion had denied Mendelsohn an opportunity to present her allegation of company-wide discrimination. The ruling conflicted with those of several other Circuit Courts which approved the exclusion of "me, too" testimony.

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Dec 03, 2007 Alito
Breyer
Ginsburg
Kennedy
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Souter
Stevens
Thomas