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ranking positions. For instance, she averred, "After Ms. Gawin was told to move on, she
was given the opportunity to transition to another GE business unit. During this transition
period, she continued to come to the office and had access to the building and to the
Company network to seek to find alternative employment." (Dkt. # 49-3, Henderson Aff.,
Ex. 1 at ¶ 40; Dkt. # 49-4, Henderson Dep., Ex. 2 at 61:19-20.) Both Henderson and
Blaney also testified that Kasdan was afforded an opportunity to look for another job with
GE. (Dkt. # 49-4, Henderson Dep., Ex. 2 at 61:19-20; Dkt. # 49-7, Blaney Dep., Ex. 5 at
108:13-17.) Given that Henderson was treated differently from both men and women, this
proffer only shows that Henderson was treated differently from other employees, it does
not show that she was treated differently because she was a woman.
Looking at the totality of the evidence offered by Henderson, she has not presented
sufficient evidence to give rise to an inference of discrimination. Much of Henderson's
evidence of gender bias consists of her own deposition testimony that several other
individuals within GE, such as Madrisotti, Gawin, Kasdan, Randolph, and Jones, made
statements agreeing with her conclusions that GE discriminated against women. Yet,
Henderson did not provide affidavits or deposition testimony from these individuals. Nor 178 has Henderson provided any evidence to indicate why Blaney and LaCroix, the two
women directly involved in the decision to terminate Henderson, would have terminated
Henderson because of her gender. All the evidence presented concerns the supposed
biases of Shepard, not Blaney or LaCroix. In order to find for the plaintiff, a jury would
have to believe that Lacroix and Blaney either carried out an unstated policy of Shepard's,
or, even more unbelievably, acted on their own to discriminate against a member of their
own class. Henderson has neither given nor proposed any evidence or an...
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