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Unformatted text preview: s. PTG could not fire all the insurgents without disrupting its operations and was well within its rights to make an example of the person they perceived was the Spartacus of the coffee room revolt. Flores contends that her "loud, boisterous" behavior during the break room imbroglio is not a rational reason to label her [*516] the coryphaeus or to treat her differently than non-Hispanic rebels. Courts have occasionally found an employer's articulation of a reason insufficient when the reason is irrational on its face. See, e.g., Loyd v. Phillips Bros., 25 F.3d 518, 524 (7th Cir. 1994) (long-standing policy of considering only members of male-dominated branch of company for promotion where members [**10] of female-dominated branch were equally qualified was not a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason); EEOC v. Northwest Structural Components, 822 F. Supp. 1218, 1221 (M.D.N.C. 1993) (articulated reason that the employee was a "complainer" insufficient where the only specific evidence of complaining were her concerns about disparate treatment because she was a woman). PTG's reasons do not approach this level of irrationality. The company's belief that Flores was the catalyst for the coffee room rumble is a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for firing her. Flores' final chance to preserve her claim is to show that PTG's belief that she was the architect of the coffee room coup is a mere pretext for an underlying discriminatory reason for firing her. This court has consistently held that the employer only needs to supply an honest reason, not necessarily a reasonable one. "In other words, arguing about the accuracy of the employer's assessment is a distraction . . . because the question is not whether the employer's reasons for a decision are 'right but whether the employer's description of its reasons is honest.'" See Kariotis v. Navistar Int'l Transp. Corp., 131 144 F.3d [**11] 672, 677 (7th Cir. 1997), quoting Gustovich v. AT&T Communications, Inc, 972 F...
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