SUTTON v. SOMERSET COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (2019)
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Gregory H. SUTTON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. SOMERSET COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; John Gaddis, In his official and individual capacities, Defendants-Appellees.
Decided: March 07, 2019
Before DUNCAN, AGEE, and KEENAN, Circuit Judges.
Robin R. Cockey, Ashley A. Bosché, COCKEY, BRENNAN & MALONEY, PC, Salisbury, Maryland, for Appellant. Lisa Y. Settles, Adam E. Konstas, PESSIN KATZ LAW, P.A., Towson, Maryland, for Appellee.
Gregory H. Sutton appeals the district court's order granting summary judgment to the Somerset County Board of Education (“the Board”) and its Superintendent of Schools John Gaddis (collectively, “Appellees”), in Sutton's action alleging race discrimination pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e to 2000e-17 (2012), and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983 (2012). We affirm.
On appeal, Sutton contends that summary judgment was improper because a reasonable juror could conclude that the given reasons for Sutton's termination were pretextual. “We review a district court's decision to grant summary judgment de novo, applying the same legal standards as the district court and viewing all facts and reasonable inferences therefrom in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party.” Grutzmacher v. Howard Cty., 851 F.3d 332, 341 (4th Cir.) (internal quotation marks omitted), cert. denied, ––– U.S. ––––, 138 S.Ct. 171, 199 L.Ed.2d 42 (2017). Summary judgment is appropriate “if the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a).
Our review of the record leads us to conclude that the district court did not err in granting summary judgment to Appellees. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. Sutton v. Somerset Cty. Bd. of Educ., No. 1:17-cv-00504-ELH, 2018 WL 3036478 (D. Md. June 19, 2018). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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