February 24, 2014
- 78 Civil Rights
- 78II Employment Practices
- 78k1137 k. Motive or Intent; Pretext.
Sheriff established that motive unrelated to any political motivation, i.e., deputy sheriff’s alcoholism, was independently effective motive for discharging deputy, precluding deputy from prevailing on claim of politically motivated discharge; deputy admitted to being drunk while on duty and sheriff, while running for office, had found that people “demanded” that “sober people” be appointed as deputies.
Wright v. Phipps, 765 F. Supp. 1544 (W.D. Va. 1990)