In the case of Hughes v. Youngstown State Univ., 2021-Ohio-2079, the Tenth District Court of Appeals held that a police officer did not have a claim for discrimination against the University for refusing to consider his application for police chief.
Here, the police officer argued that by refusing to consider the officer’s application and hiring a Caucasian police chief, the University engaged in racial discrimination. The University argued that the candidate applied after the hiring committee was already in the interview process. The Court of Appeals agreed.
The Court held that though discrimination was present, the University was able to demonstrate a non-discriminatory reason for their actions and as such, there was no adverse employment action present here.
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Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.
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