The United States District Court for the Middle of Louisiana recently denied a Motion for Summary Judgment in a wrongful termination case involving protected activity in the workplace. The Plaintiff, Johnny Taylor, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad Company for over ten years, filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that his termination violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act (“FRSA”), 49 U.S.C. § 20109. Taylor claimed that he was terminated for engaging in certain activities protected under that statute.
Union Pacific Railroad Company requested a summary judgement and claimed that Taylor could not make out a prima facie case of discrimination under the FRSA, and if he could, that it would have terminated him regardless of the protected activity. The Court denied Union Pacific Railroad Company’s Motion for Summary Judgement based on the evidence provided.