Goncalves v. Plymouth County Sheriff's Dept., No. 10-2063 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff, a 49-year-old Cape Verdean female who self-identifies as black, began working for defendant as a Budget Administrator in 2001. Between 2004 and 2008, she applied for, and was denied, promotion to four different positions. The district court entered summary judgment in favor of the employer in her case, alleging discrimination based on gender, race, and national origin in violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B and Title VII 42 U.S.C. 2000e, and age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. 623. The First Circuit affirmed. Plaintiff did not make a prima facie case; she failed to show that she was qualified for the positions at issue or that she was "similarly situated" to other candidates.