745 Fed.Appx. 651 (8th Cir. 2018), 16-4204, Jensen v. IOC Black Hawk County Inc.
|Citation:||745 Fed.Appx. 651|
|Opinion Judge:||PER CURIAM.|
|Party Name:||Patricia L. JENSEN Plaintiff-Appellant v. IOC BLACK HAWK COUNTY INC., doing business as Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo Defendant-Appellee|
|Attorney:||Erin P. Lyons, Dutton & Braun, Waterloo, IA, for Plaintiff - Appellant Amanda Elaine Colvin, Daniel Michael OKeefe, Bryan & Cave, Saint Louis, MO, Kevin James Visser, Simmons & Perrine, Cedar Rapids, IA, for Defendant - Appellee|
|Judge Panel:||Before SMITH, Chief Judge, MURPHY and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges.|
|Case Date:||September 05, 2018|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
Submitted: February 15, 2018
UNPUBLISHED. (See Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 32.1. See also U.S.Ct. of App. 8th Cir. Rule 32.1A.)
Appeal from United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Waterloo
Erin P. Lyons, Dutton & Braun, Waterloo, IA, for Plaintiff - Appellant
Amanda Elaine Colvin, Daniel Michael OKeefe, Bryan & Cave, Saint Louis, MO, Kevin James Visser, Simmons & Perrine, Cedar Rapids, IA, for Defendant - Appellee
Before SMITH, Chief Judge, MURPHY and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges.[*]
Patricia Jensen worked for IOC Black Hawk County, Inc. (IOC) as a security guard. IOC terminated her after complaints that Jensen was making disparaging comments about a coworkers fiancé . Jensen argues her termination was unlawful retaliation after she reported that a different coworker had made sexual comments to her. Jensen sued IOC, claiming IOC violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. IOC
moved for summary judgment, and the district court1 granted its motion. We affirm.
Patricia Jensen worked as a security officer at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo. In March 2011, Jensen reported a fellow coworker, Domingo Jaramillo, to a supervisor because he made an inappropriate sexual comment to her. IOC investigated the report, and Jaramillo admitted to the comment, so IOC terminated him. Jensen states that Jaramillo was a popular employee and she was frequently targeted after his termination. Employee Relations Director John Stanford stated that he told Jensen to be careful and to come to him if there was ever a problem.
In June 2011, Jensen received a written coaching for approaching a fellow employee, Mike George, with a complaint about lost-and-found procedures instead of following the proper chain-of-command. Jensen states that George was a good friend of Jaramillos. George was one of the employees Jensen accused of targeting her after she complained about Jaramillos conduct.
Then, in August 2011, Jensen had a conversation with fellow employee Rachael Nyland about Nylands fiancé, another employee at the casino. After discovering the couple was engaged, Jensen stated "What? Whats going on? How do we know hes not a killer."...
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