Unformatted text preview: the burdens of proof." Celotex Corp. v. Catrett,
477 U.S. 317, 323, 106 S.Ct. 2548, 91 L.Ed.2d 265 (1986). "The burden is on the moving
party 'to demonstrate the absence of any material factual issue genuinely in dispute.' "
American Int'l Group, Inc. v. London Am. Int'l Corp., 664 F.2d 348, 351 (2d Cir.1981)
(quoting Heyman v. Commerce & Indus. Ins. Co., 524 F.2d 1317, 1319-20 (2d
Cir.1975)). A dispute concerning a material fact is genuine " 'if evidence is such that a
reasonable jury could return a verdict for the nonmoving party.' " Aldrich v. Randolph
Cent. Sch. Dist., 963 F.2d 520, 523 (2d Cir.1992) (quoting Anderson v. Liberty Lobby,
Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248, 106 S.Ct. 2505, 91 L.Ed.2d 202 (1986)). The court must view all
inferences and ambiguities in a light most favorable to the nonmoving party. See Bryant
v. Maffucci, 923 F.2d 979, 982 (2d Cir.1991). "Only when reasonable minds could not
differ as to the import of the evidence is summary judgment proper." Id.
2. Discrimination Claim
*9  Henderson claims that she was terminated because of her gender. Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against its
employees because of an employee's sex. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)(1). One method of
proving gender discrimination is for the plaintiff to introduce circumstantial evidence by
way of the burden-shifting framework established in McDonnell Douglass Corporation v.
Green, 411 U.S. 792, 93 S.Ct. 1817, 36 L.Ed.2d 668 (1973), and its progeny.
Specifically, plaintiff must initially prove a prima facie case of gender discrimination by
demonstrating that she suffered an adverse employment action under circumstances
supporting a reasonable inference of gender discrimination. See Patterson v. County of
Oneida, N.Y., 375 F.3d 206, 221 (2d Cir.2004). To establish a prima facie case of gender
discrimination, the plaintiff must prove that (1) she was a member of a protected class;
(2) she was qualified for the position she held; (3) she s...
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- Spring '08
- Supreme Court of the United States, Appellate court, Summary judgment