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Sorenson v. City of Caldwell

United States District Court, D. Idaho

August 13, 2015

LYNN SORENSON, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF CALDWELL, a political subdivision of the State of Idaho, CITY OF CALDWELL DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION, Defendant

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          For Lynn Sorenson, Plaintiff: Eric S Rossman, LEAD ATTORNEY, ROSSMAN LAW GROUP PLLC, Boise, ID; Erica S Phillips, Kimberly Lynette Williams, LEAD ATTORNEY, ROSSMAN LAW GROUP, Boise, ID.

         For City of Caldwell, a political subdivision of the State of Idaho, City of Caldwell Department of Parks and Recreation, Defendants: Kirtlan G Naylor, LEAD ATTORNEY, NAYLOR & HALES, Boise, ID; Tyler D Williams, Naylor and Hales, P.C., Boise, ID.

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          MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER

         B. Lynn Winmill, Chief United States District Judge.

         INTRODUCTION

         Pending before the Court is Defendant City of Caldwell's (Caldwell) Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. 22). The Court has reviewed the briefs submitted by the parties and, after a hearing on this matter conducted on July 20, 2015, enters the following Order granting Caldwell's motion.

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff Lynn Sorenson sued Caldwell claiming that he was constructively discharged due to an age-based hostile work environment and that he was retaliated against by Caldwell, all in violation of the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (" ADEA" ) and the Idaho Human Rights Act (" IHRA" ). Am. Compl. ¶ ¶ 23-36. Caldwell seeks summary judgment on Sorenson's claims.

         Sorenson was hired to work for Caldwell's Parks Department in April 2008. Def. Statement of Facts ¶ 1, Dkt. 22-2. Sorenson's direct supervisor was Vinton Howell, who reported to ElJay Waite, the City Finance Director and Treasurer, who reported to Mayor Garret Nancolas. Id. Sorenson's work would often take him to the Purple Sage and Fairview golf courses, where Ken Wheeler worked as the Golf Superintendent. Id. ¶ 2. Wheeler would often use inappropriate age-related language and profanities with Sorenson. Am. Compl. ¶ 10. Sorenson alleges that this problem was not adequately addressed despite multiple complaints to city officials. Id. ¶ ¶ 10-13.

         In August 2011, Caldwell merged the Parks Department, city golf courses, and cemetery to become the Land and Facilities Department. Def. Statement of Facts ¶ 2, Dkt. 22-2. As part of this merger, Wheeler was promoted to the newly created position of Land and Facilities Superintendent, overseeing all three parts of the new department. Id. Under the new structure, the Parks employees, including Sorenson, were supervised by Howell, who reported to Wheeler. Id. ¶ ¶ 1-2.

         On February 27, 2012, Monica Jones, Caldwell's Human Resources Director, had a series of meetings with Sorenson and other Parks employees. Id. ¶ 4. During the course of those meetings, Jones received information that Wheeler was making age-related comments to Sorenson as well as profane comments to other employees. Id. Subsequently, Wheeler was instructed to not enter the Park's building,

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to not directly contact Parks employees, and to not make age-related comments to Sorenson. Pl.'s Statement of Facts, ¶ ¶ 8-9, Dkt. 25-1. Determined to resolve the conflict, Sorenson encouraged the other Parks employees to work together with Wheeler. Id. ΒΆ 12. In violation of his superior's orders, Wheeler entered the Parks building on March 20, 2012, made derogatory age-related ...


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