The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Muscogee County School District in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed three years ago.
The three-judge circuit panel affirmed district court Judge Clay Land’s decision Oct. 30, 2012, to grant summary judgment to the defendants, based on most of the claims being time-barred and the remainder without merit.
Fourteen former and current black plant services and custodial workers claimed in a lawsuit filed July 13, 2010, that similarly situated white employees were granted access to the state’s Teachers Retirement System while they were relegated to a less generous plan.
The school district responded that the TRS is for employees with supervisory responsibilities and job titles and that none of the plaintiffs held such a position. The school district also asserted that the statute of limitations on the majority of the plaintiffs’ claims had expired.
Melanie Slaton of Hatcher Stubbs Land Hollis & Rothschild LLP, who argued the school district’s case Aug. 2 before the 11th Circuit, said a ruling in the plaintiffs’ favor would have cost the school district “millions of dollars.”