Sieden v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 16-1065 (8th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against Chipotle, alleging claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minn. State. 363A et seq., for reprisal, age discrimination, and sexual orientation discrimination. On appeal, plaintiff challenges the district court's grant of summary judgment on his reprisal claim. Chipotle claims that he was discharged due to declining work effort and performance. The court concluded that plaintiff failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Chipotle’s stated reason for terminating his employment was pretextual. Therefore, the district court correctly determined that his reprisal claim under the MHRA fails as a matter of law and the court affirmed the judgment.
Court Description: Stand, Author, with Benton and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Employment discrimination. Assuming plaintiff made a prima facie case on his reprisal claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, defendant established a legitimate, performance-based ground for plaintiff's discharge, and plaintiff failed to show the ground was a pretext.