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nondiscriminatory reason for Henderson's departure from the company. The defendants
have offered evidence showing that Henderson had a documented period of inadequate
performance, culminating in her poor presentation on December 3, 2002. According to
the defendants, following this poor performance, Henderson resigned on December 5,
2002. It was only after Henderson later refused to submit a letter of resignation that GE
sent her a letter of termination. Defendants assert that Henderson was not allowed to
retract her resignation because of her failure to meet expectations and because her
superiors had lost confidence in her ability to perform the required duties of her position.
This offer of proof is sufficient to meet the defendants' burden at this stage in the
analysis. See Reeves, 530 U.S. at 142.
*11  The burden, therefore, shifts back to Henderson to prove by a preponderance of
the evidence that defendants' proffered reasons are not true and that the true reason for
Henderson's termination was impermissible gender discrimination. See Carlton, 202 F.3d
at 135.; see also Reeves, 530 U.S. at 142. Henderson has not met this burden. Henderson
has not offered any evidence to indicate that GE's proffered reasons for her termination
are not true or that they were pretext for discrimination. Although Henderson claims that 175 her work was excellent and offers a list of accomplishments that she effectuated while
working in her Six Sigma role, she does not dispute that LaCroix attempted to monitor
her work closely by giving her lists with specific tasks and deadlines and that LaCroix
and Blaney testified that they had conversations about the quality of her work. [FN7]
Further, Henderson admits that on October 29, 2002, and November 7, 2002, she and
LaCroix participated in teleconferences during which LaCroix noted that Henderson had
missed deadlines. Plaintiff also admits that she did not attend a pre-scheduled meeting
with her supervisors on October 1, 2002, and that on the same day, LaCroix emailed
Shepard and Blaney about her concerns regarding Henderson's performance.
Furthermore, Henderson concedes...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2012 for the course ENC 102 taught by Professor Deria during the Spring '08 term at FIU.
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