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Hatmaker v. Mem'l Med. Ctr., 09-3002

In plaintiff's suit against her formal employer for violating 42 U.S.C. section 2000e-3(a), claiming that she was fired as a part-time chaplain at the hospital because she participated in an investigation under Title VII, district court's grant of summary judgment for the hospital is affirmed where: 1) the participation clause prohibits retaliation against an employee who has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing under Title VII, and a purely internal investigation, as in this case, does not involve a charge or testimony, and neither is it a proceeding or a hearing; and 2) plaintiff's opposition claim fails as well as, to be protected by the statute, opposition must be based on a good faith and reasonable belief that it is opposition to a statutory violation.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/24/2010
  • Submitted 08/30/2010
  • Decided 08/30/2010
  • Published 08/30/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit


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