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RANDALL v. UNITECH SYSTEMS

February 6, 2003

KAREN RANDALL, PLAINTIFF
V.
UNITECH SYSTEMS, INC., DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Alesia, District Judge

  MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Before the court are: (1) defendant's motions in limine and (2) defendant's motion for summary judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(c). For the following reasons, the court: (1) denies defendant's motions in limine and (2) grants defendant's motion for summary judgment on all counts.

I. BACKGROUND*fn1

Plaintiff Karen Randall ("Randall") brought this suit against defendant Unitech Systems, Inc. ("Unitech") alleging race and sex discrimination. Specifically, Randall claims Unitech discriminated against her because of her race and sex when Unitech terminated her employment.

Unitech is an information integrity software business comprised of six groups, which, in turn, are divided into self-managed teams. A group leader supervises one or more teams and collaborates with other group leaders. Some groups also have unit leaders, which are team members as well as members of the leadership group. Ultimately, unit leaders are supervised by the group leader.

On December 18, 2000, Randall, an African-American female, began her employment as a Market Unit Leader in Unitech's Market Development Group. Randall was a member of the leadership group and a member of the Solutions Management team within the Market Development Group. Her duties as Market Unit Leader included: (1) generating significant revenue and profits from Unitech's Information Integrity solutions; (2) actively collaborating with other leadership group members in the growth and profitability of Unitech; and (3) Solutions Management. Randall's job responsibilities also included writing and making presentations. As part of her orientation Randall completed a ninety-day training program which was designed to orient Randall to the company and assist her with her job duties and projects.*fn2

Randall initially interviewed for the position of Group Leader of the Market Development Group. However, Unitech's President and Company Leader, Madhavan Nayar ("Nayar"), made the decision to hire Randall as Market Unit Leader based upon her qualifications. Nayar acted as the Group Leader of Market Development while the position remained vacant and supervised Randall and the other members of the Market Development Group.

Problems arose between Randall and some of the other Unitech employees. There were complaints that Randall was attempting to act as a supervisor to Mary Miller ("Miller") and Rakhi Advani ("Advani") when Randall did not have supervisory authority. Group Leader for Team Development Tim Augustine ("Augustine") felt that Randall was condescending to Advani and another employee. Randall complained to Nayar and Augustine that Miller and Advani were not completing their work. Randall claims that Nayar and Augustine did not support her in dealing with Miller and Advani. Additionally, Randall complains that the leadership team resisted providing her with requested information. Randall also states David P. Smith, referred to her as "you people," and Mahmood Qadri, while emphasizing his Mideast descent, told her "but you, you know, you came from Africa."*fn3

Nayar made the decision to terminate Randall's employment. Nayar's reasons for firing Randall included: her lack of writing skills, her lack of knowledge of the software marketing industry, and her poor attitude. On April 17, 2001, Randall met with Augustine and Human Resources Consultant Kathy Chang and was informed of Unitech's decision to terminate her employment. At that meeting, Augustine told Randall there was not a good fit between the position expectations and her skill set.

On June 21, 2001, Randall filed a charge with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") alleging that Unitech discriminated against her based on her race and sex in regard to her dismissal. On January 18, 2002, in response to Randall's request to withdraw the charge, the IDHR ordered the case closed. On January 31, 2002, the EEOC issued a right to sue letter. On February 13, 2002, Randall filed the current complaint against Unitech. Count I alleges discrimination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Count II alleges discrimination based on race in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 ("§ 1981"). Count III alleges discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII. This court has subject-matter jurisdiction over Randall's claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331, as all counts arise under federal law. This matter is currently before the court on Unitech's motion for summary judgment on all counts.

II. DISCUSSION

As a threshold matter, the court will dispose of Unitech's motions in limine to establish what evidence is admissible and, therefore, properly before this court in ...


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