August 18, 2017 / 7:38 PM / a year ago

HR director fired for not 'fitting in' cannot prove retaliation - 4th Circuit

A former human resources director cannot prove that a defense contractor fired her in retaliation for complaining about discriminatory hiring practices because the company’s chief executive was not aware of her concerns, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Terri Smyth-Riding’s claim that unlawful retaliation could be inferred in her case since Sciences and Engineering Services LLC terminated her weeks after confronting another company official.

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