Chase v. United States Postal Service, No. 16-1351 (1st Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed a complaint against his employer, the United States Postal Service (USPS), and his supervisor, Michael King, (together, Defendants), alleging that Defendants terminated him from the Brookline, Massachusetts Post Office in retaliation for taking Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Appellant alleged FMLA interference and FMLA retaliation in violation of 29 U.S.C. 2615, among other claims. The district court granted summary judgment on all claims with the exception of the FMLA retaliation claim. After a bench trial, the district court entered judgment for Defendants, concluding that Defendants could not have acted with retaliatory animus because King, as the USPS decisionmaker, lacked the requisite knowledge that Plaintiff’s leave was protected under the FMLA. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court properly found that King lacked the requisite knowledge necessary to hold to hold him liable for retaliation in violation of the FMLA.