More than a year after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the law firm of Frederick J. Hanna & Associates of discriminating against a pregnant employee, a federal judge has granted summary judgment in the firm’s favor.

At issue in the court’s report and recommendation, written by U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III and adopted by Northern District of Georgia Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes, were several points of law not usually present in a pregnancy discrimination case, including an analysis of a non-traditional formulation of how a plaintiff may establish a prima facie case of discrimination, and a discussion of the “cat’s paw” theory of imputed discriminatory intent.

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