Bordelon v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

811 F.3d 984 (7th Cir. 2016)

Statements made by an opposing party’s employees about a matter outside the scope of their employment are hearsay.

Relevant Facts

Lionel Bordelon (the plaintiff), a former school principal brought a discrimination lawsuit against the Board of Education for the City of Chicago (the defendant), claiming that the Board did not renew the plaintiff’s employment contract because of his age. The plaintiff offered evidence in the form of an affidavit authored by the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. The president testified that other principals had told him that the plaintiff’s supervisor gave their schools less support than schools with younger principals. The trial court excluded the affidavit as hearsay and granted summary judgment for the defendant. The plaintiff appealed.

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December 12, 2020

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Citations

811 F.3d 984 (7th Cir. 2016)