Gooding-Williams v. Fairfax County School Board, No. 1:2018cv01177 - Document 33 (E.D. Va. 2019)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION re Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 7/19/19. (klau, )
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Gooding-Williams v. Fairfax County School Board Doc. 33 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division DIAMOND GOODING-WILLIAMS, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-01177 V. Hon. Liam O'Grady FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, Defendant. MEMORANDUM OPINION This matter comes before the Court on Defendant Fairfax County School Board's Motion for Summary Judgment(Dkt. 24). The motion is fully briefed, and the Court dispensed with oral argument. For the reasons stated below, and for good cause shown. Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment(Dkt. 24) is hereby GRANTED. I. BACKGROUND Plaintiff Diamond Gooding-Williams was a Human Resources("HR")employee of Defendant Fairfax County School Board ("FCSB")for twelve years, until her termination in January 2017. As a "Human Resource Specialist, Equity and Compliance Specialist II," Ms. Gooding-Williams's responsibilities included investigating di.scrimination and retaliation complaints filed by FCSB employees and ensuring FCSB schools complied with HIPAA. From December 2004 until January 2014, Ms. Gooding-Williams reported to Sherry Braithwaite. While Ms. Gooding-Williams was generally reviewed as meeting expectations by Ms. Braithwaite, Ms. Braithwaite did note some problems with Ms. Gooding-Williams's performance. In particular, Ms. Braithwaite raised concerns about Ms. Gooding-Williams's