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Unformatted text preview: FLORES, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. PREFERRED TECHNICAL GROUP,
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
182 F.3d 512; 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 13807; 80 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 84
April 6, 1999, Argued
June 23, 1999, Decided
PRIOR HISTORY: [**1] Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division. No. 1:97-CV-354. William C. Lee, Chief
DISPOSITION: Judgment of the district court affirmed.
COUNSEL: For MARTHA FLORES, Plaintiff - Appellant: Christopher C. Myers,
MYERS & GEISLEMAN, Fort Wayne, IN USA.
For PREFERRED TECHNICAL GROUP, Defendant - Appellee: Kathleen M. Anderson,
BARNES & THORNBURG, Fort Wayne, IN USA. Steven C. Ellingson, SMITH,
CURRIE & HANCOCK, Atlanta, GA USA.
JUDGES: Before KANNE, DIANE P. WOOD, and EVANS, Circuit Judges.
OPINION: [*513] EVANS, Circuit Judge. Plaintiff Martha Flores, the alleged leader of
what has been colorfully dubbed "the coffee room rebellion" at Preferred Technical
Group (PTG), brought this employment discrimination action claiming that PTG fired her
because she is Hispanic. PTG moved for summary judgment, arguing that Flores had not
established a prima facie case of discrimination because she was not meeting PTG's
legitimate job performance expectations when she was fired. The district court agreed
and granted summary judgment in favor of PTG. Flores appeals.
Martha Flores worked in an "Assembly & Pack" position at PTG's Columbia [**2] City,
Indiana, facility from 1990 to 1996. For most of her tenure, she and her fellow workers
were apparently accustomed to taking breaks from their work whenever they wanted. The
union that represented the workers, however, had signed a collective bargaining 141 agreement with PTG that prohibited unauthorized breaks. The agreement also prohibited
strikes or work stoppages of any kind.
In December 1996 management called a meeting of all employees to inform them that
PTG would henceforth strictly enforc...
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