District Court Instructed to Reconsider Reinstatement in Title VII Case

Sheaneter Bogan worked at MTD Customer Group for about 20 years. During her employment, she completed community college coursework that allowed MTD to promote her to a machinist position. She also took classes to earn a degree in social work. Human resources notified her they would only allow her a flexible schedule for work-related schooling. She was later terminated for returning from lunch late after a class. She filed a suit alleging race and sex discrimination. A jury found in her favor but awarded her just $1. Despite a jury verdict in her favor, the district court denied her both of the remedies available to her, reinstatement and front pay. She appealed this decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read that court’s discussion and why they remanded the case to the district court for reconsideration.