Larry D. Buck, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co., Inc., Defendant-appellee, 131 F.3d 151 (10th Cir. 1997)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - 131 F.3d 151 (10th Cir. 1997)

Nov. 20, 1997

Before PORFILIO and LUCERO, Circuit Judges, and MARTEN,**  District Judge.


Plaintiff Larry Buck appeals the order of the district court granting summary judgment to defendant Uniroyal on his claims brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 U.S.C. § 12101-12213, and Oklahoma's worker's compensation retaliatory discharge statute, Okla. Stat. tit. 85, § 5.1  For substantially the reasons stated by the district court, we affirm.

The district court has thoroughly and accurately recited the pertinent facts of this case, and we will not repeat them here. On appeal, plaintiff contends that there are genuine disputes as to whether he was constructively discharged, whether he was a qualified individual as defined by the ADA, and whether he was retaliated against for filing a workers' compensation claim. The only issue meriting even brief discussion is whether plaintiff resigned or was constructively discharged.

Plaintiff argues he was constructively discharged when Uniroyal refused to settle his workers' compensation case unless his quit his job. We have thoroughly reviewed the record in this case and note, as did the district court, that on three occasions prior to filing this lawsuit, including once under oath, plaintiff stated he had voluntarily resigned his position at Uniroyal. Other than the self-serving statements of plaintiff and his attorney, there is no evidence in the record to contradict the conclusion of the district court that plaintiff has changed his story in an attempt to create a factual issue regarding the termination of his employment. See Franks v. Nimmo, 796 F.2d 1230, 1237 (10th Cir. 1986).

The judgment is AFFIRMED.


The Honorable J. Thomas Marten, District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Kansas, sitting by designation


This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3


After examining the briefs and appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 10th Cir. R. 34.1.9. The case is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument