Korotko-Hatch disagreed with her 1993 performance rating, (Pl.'s
12(N)(3)(b) ¶ 203; Pl.'s Mem.Opp. at Ex. AKH8.) she signed the
evaluation but noted her own attached commentary. (Pl.'s
12(N)(3)(b) ¶ 200; Pl.'s Mem.Opp. at Ex. AKH7 -8.) Ms. Schonberg
recommended in the 1993 evaluation that Ms. Korotko-Hatch
delegate some of her duties to employee staff and utilize the
facility's other resources. (Pl.'s Mem.Opp. at Ex. AKH7; Pl.'s
12(N)(3)(b) ¶ 207.) Other comments in the 1993 evaluation
included that Ms. Korotko-Hatch "has a high sense of loyalty to
the institution. . . . [and] has much to offer to the Aquarium."
(Pl.'s Mem.Opp. at Ex. AKH7; Pl.'s 12(N)(3)(b) ¶ 211.) However,
Ms. Schonberg emphasized in the evaluation that Ms. Korotko-Hatch
"needs to focus her attention on management and administration
and spend less time trying to do training and educational
duties," and Ms. Korotko-Hatch stated in her deposition that this
comment was one of the Aquarium's concerns. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶ 71;
Pl.'s Dep. at 535, May 28, 1998; Pl.'s Mem. Opp. at Ex. AKH7.)
The Aquarium underwent a reorganization when Ted Beattie became
the President and CEO in 1994. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶¶ 18, 28.) As part
of the reorganization, Mr. Beattie initiated changes in the
various departments, which involved expanding programs and
promoting or hiring new managers. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶¶ 27-30.) Mr.
Beattie treated Ms. Korotko-Hatch as a member of the management
team and solicited her opinion regarding problems at the
Aquarium. (Pl.'s 12(N)(3)(b) ¶ 178.) One of his goals was to
remove some decision-making authority from individual managers
and commit to a team approach. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶ 31.) He thought
that less individual authority would require departments to
interact more with one another and ultimately improve the
Aquarium's success. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶¶ 32-33.)
One of Ms. Korotko-Hatch's duties, conducting special tours,
was transferred to Lisa Pluta Woolford and Lindsey Foster, who
were women in their "twenties."*fn3 (Affidavit of Antoinette
Korotko-Hatch [Pl.'s Aff.] at ¶ 35; Deposition of Antoinette
Korotko-Hatch ["Pl.'s Dep."] at 85-86, Mar. 20, 1998.) When Ms.
Korotko-Hatch asked Ms. Foster and Ms. Pluta about the
reassignment, Ms. Forster stated, "[i]t's a young group," and Ms.
Pluta agreed. (Pl.'s Dep. at 86, Mar. 20, 1998.)
In early 1994, Ms. Schonberg rejected Ms. Korotko-Hatch's
proposed format for the Aquarium's newsletter because she wanted
"something more youthful." (Pl.'s Mem.Opp. at 20; Pl.'s Dep. at
57, Apr. 8, 1998.) She stated that "[w]e have got to start
thinking youthful . . . and this newsletter is too academic. . .
." (Pl.'s Dep. at 58, Apr. 8, 1998.)
For the 1994 evaluation period, Ms. Korotko-Hatch again
received an overall rating of "Progress Needed." (Def.'s Mem.
Supp. at Ex. NS5.) The evaluation stated that Ms. Korotko-Hatch
worked well with the volunteers and succeeded in selecting
appropriate people. (Def.'s Mem.Supp. at Ex. NS5.) However, under
the Overall Performance section, Ms. Schonberg stated that "[a]t
this time, some of the short term goals have not been totally
met." (Def.'s Mem. Supp. at Ex. NS6.) Other concerns that Ms.
Schonberg stated in the evaluation were that Ms. Korotko-Hatch
had not responded to her requests in a timely manner, resisted
the internal changes, and needed to improve relationships with
other managers. (Def.'s Mem. Supp. at Ex. NS5.)
Under the Relationships part of the 1994 evaluation, Ms.
Schonberg stated that:
[s]ome of the volunteers and staff are reluctant to
work with Toni or talk to her because of the rigid,
inflexible rules. Sometimes her expectations for the
volunteers and the expectations for the department
are not the same. Toni often blames others when there
is a problem and becomes defensive, instead of
looking for solutions and ways to alleviate the
(Def.'s Mem.Supp. at Ex. NS5.) Ms. Schonberg further stated in
the evaluation that Ms. Korotko-Hatch failed to complete many
assigned tasks. (Def.'s 12(M) ¶¶ 101-02; Mem.Supp., Pl.'s Dep. at
601-602, May 28.) Ms. Korotko-Hatch's goals for the following
year included becoming more flexible with changes, improving
relationships, and completing tasks timely and appropriately.
(Def.'s 12(M) ¶ 86; Def.'s Mem.Supp. at Ex. NS5.) Ms.
Korotko-Hatch and Ms. Schonberg together agreed to these goals.
(Def.'s 12(M) ¶ 93; Def.'s Mem.Supp., Pl.'s Dep. at 589, May 28,
1998.) In her deposition, Ms. Korotko-Hatch stated that, although
she was aware of the comments she received in her evaluation,
she, nonetheless, made no effort to improve her relationships.
(Def.'s 12(M) ¶ 97; Def.'s Mem.Supp., Pl.'s Dep. at 592, May 28.)