Jensen v. Ioc Black Hawk County Inc., 090518 FED8, 16-4204

Docket Nº:16-4204
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
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
 
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Patricia L. Jensen Plaintiff- Appellant

v.

IOC Black Hawk County Inc., doing business as Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo Defendant-Appellee

No. 16-4204

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

September 5, 2018

Unpublished

Submitted: February 15, 2018

Appeal from United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Waterloo

Before SMITH, Chief Judge, MURPHY and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges. [*]

PER CURIAM.

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 coworker's 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 court1granted its motion. We affirm.

I. Background

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 Jaramillo's. George was one of the employees Jensen accused of targeting her after she complained about Jaramillo's conduct.

Then, in August 2011, Jensen had a conversation with fellow employee Rachael Nyland about Nyland's fiancé, another employee at the casino. After discovering the couple was engaged, Jensen stated "What? What's going on? How do we know he's not a killer." J.A. at 76. Jensen told Nyland she was rushing into the marriage and should get to know her fiancé more before marrying him. Nyland reported Jensen's...

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