Brown v. Pulaski County Board of Educ., 013108 FED11, 07-11087

Docket Nº:07-11087
Party Name:SILVIA BROWN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. PULASKI COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, d.b.a. Pulaski County Schools, d.b.a. Pulaski County School District, RONALD E. QUICK, Individually and in His Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board of Education, JOHN W. BEMBRY, Individually and in His Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board
Case Date:January 31, 2008
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
 
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SILVIA BROWN, Plaintiff-Appellant,

v.

PULASKI COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, d.b.a. Pulaski County Schools, d.b.a. Pulaski County School District, RONALD E. QUICK, Individually and in His Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board of Education, JOHN W. BEMBRY, Individually and in His Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board of Education, JERRY A. DAVIS, Individually and in His Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board of Education, BONNY C. DIXON, Individually and in Her Official Capacity as Member of the Pulaski County Board of Education, et al., Defendants-Appellees.

No. 07-11087

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

January 31, 2008

DO NOT PUBLISH

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, D.C. Docket No. 05-00472-CV-WDO


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Before ANDERSON, BLACK and HILL, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM:

This is an appeal by Silvia Brown, an African-American former employee of the Pulaski County School District, from a grant of summary judgment by the district court in favor of the Pulaski County Board of Education, et al. (the appellees), on Brown's Title VII employment discrimination claim of wrongful termination on the basis of race, her First Amendment claims, and her breach of contract claim. Based upon the following analysis, we affirm the judgment of the district court.

We discuss only Brown's Title VII claim.1 We agree that, under the rubric of McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 93 S.Ct. 1817 (1973), Brown established her prima facie case of discrimination: that she is an African-American; that she was qualified for her job; that she was terminated; and that she was replaced by an individual who was not a member of a protected class. See Denney v. City of Albany, 247 F.3d 1172, 1183 (11th Cir. 2001). However, we find that the appellees met their burden of providing legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for her termination: that Brown was unprofessional in her interactions with school personnel and supervisors; that she exhibited inappropriate behavior in the workplace, i.e., her demeanor, attitude and manner were discourteous, rude, disrespectful, and unacceptable; that she was insubordinate; that she was unwilling to follow the instructions of her supervisors; and that she was unwilling to change or improve in any of these areas. See, e.g., Holifield v. Reno, 115 F.3d 1555, 1564 (11th...

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