A single racially charged comment from someone who didn’t have any say in a subsequent discharge decision won’t support a reverse discrimination claim.
Recent case: Douglas, who is white, had a permit to teach tennis at a city park. When his permit was revoked, he sued, since the decision-maker was black. He also alleged six months earlier, a black park attendant told him, “We don’t want your white ass here.”
The court said that neither claim was enough for a lawsuit. Otherwise, almost every discharge involving from different protected classes could end in litigation. (Howard v. City of New York, et al., No. 14-409, 2nd Cir., 2015)
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