Brooks v. Firestone Polymers, LLC, 1:12-CV-325 (9/24/14)
Judge: Marcia Crone
Holding: Defendant's Motions for Summary Judgment Granted in Part
This is a civil rights case in which eight plaintiffs allege that they were discriminated against on account of their race while employed at Firestone's chemical manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas. Defendant Firestone sought summary judgment on various grounds.
After reviewing the applicable law and the underlying facts, Judge Crone concluded that Firestone's motions for summary judgment would be granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiff Ruffin's 2009 Title VII and § 1981 discriminatory demotion claims, as well as Plaintiffs' Title VII and § 1981 denial of overtime claims, "survive summary judgment and may proceed to trial." However, with respect to Plaintiffs' other claims, the Court concluded that there remained no material facts in dispute, and Firestone was entitled to judgment as a matter of law.