Unpublished Dispositionwillard M. Mason, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Richmond Motor Co., Inc., T/a Richmond Ford; R. C. King,sr.; Charlie Johnson, Defendant-appellee, 825 F.2d 407 (4th Cir. 1987)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 825 F.2d 407 (4th Cir. 1987) Argued June 5, 1987. Decided July 30, 1987

Robert Patrick Geary (Geary & Davenport, on brief), for appellant.

Henry M. Massie, Jr. (Robert B. Delano, Jr., Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller, on brief), for appellees.

Before WINTER, SPROUSE and CHAPMAN Circuit Judges.


This appeal arises out of an age discrimination suit in which the jury found for the defendant. The district court admitted into evidence the findings of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the plaintiff, who had complained to the EEOC, had failed to substantiate his claim. The plaintiff-appellant argues that this admission constitutes reversible error. Finding the district court's decision within its discretion, we affirm.

This court has held that the decision on whether to admit into evidence EEOC records is discretionary with the district court. Cox v. Babcock and Wilcox Company, 471 F.2d 13, 15 (4th Cir. 1972). We perceive no reason on the facts of this case to conclude that the district court abused its discretion. The district court's limiting instruction helped the jury put the report in proper perspective.

The appellant's other contentions are equally without merit. We thus affirm the decision of the district court.