QUESTION PRESENTED Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc., held in an action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, that a plaintiff may ordinarily prove the existence of an unlawful motive by establishing a prima facie case and demonstrating the falsity of the employer’s proffered explanation for the disputed employment, and that a plaintiff who does so need not also offer some other additional evidence of discrimination. The Eleventh Circuit held in this Title VII action that the existence of an unlawful motive may not be established in that manner; a plaintiff who establishes a prima facie case and the falsity of an employer’s proffered reason is required to also adduce additional evidence of discrimination. The question presented is: Does the standard of proof established by Reeves apply in a Title VII action?
Eric Schnapper and Ruth W. Woodling, Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. Flowers v. Troup County School District, 136 S.Ct. 2510 (2016) (No. 15-1144), 2016 WL 1042969 (2016) https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-court-briefs/49