United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division
LABRITTANY K. HASSEN
RUSTON LOUISIANA HOSPITAL CO., LLC d/b/a NORTHERN LOUISIANA MEDICAL CENTER
L. HAYES MAG. JUDGE
A. DOUGHTY UNITED STATES JUDGE
before the Court is a Motion for Summary Judgment [Doc. No.
17] filed by Defendant Ruston Louisiana Hospital Co., LLC
d/b/a Northern Louisiana Medical Center (“NLMC”).
NLMC moves for summary judgment on Plaintiff LaBrittany K.
Hassen3');">39;s (“Hassen”) race discrimination
claim. Hassen opposes summary judgment. [Doc. No. 24]. NLMC
filed a reply memorandum. [Doc. No. 27].
following reasons, NLMC3');">39;s Motion for Summary Judgment is
is a registered nurse who was formerly employed by NLMC. She
has been a nurse since approximately 2009.
has an online application system. Open positions are listed
on the system and assigned a requisition number. An
individual who seeks employment with NLMC applies on line for
an open position, and the acquisition number for the open
position is also listed on the individual3');">39;s employment
applied for an open PRN Emergency Room registered nurse
position through Department, the position for which she
applied was assigned requisition number 1202126,
this same requisition number was listed on her employment
application. NLMC3');">39;s Human Resources Director, Tonya
Duggan (“Duggan”), provided an affidavit
authenticating the employment records, averring that Hassen
applied for a PRN position, and averring to the general
application process. [Doc. No. 17-3');">3, Exh. 1, Duggan Aff.
& NLMC records].
Hassen has also produced an online application which appears
to show that she also applied for a full-time Emergency Room
registered nurse position assigned requisition number
1118911. While that position was not included in the Human
Resources records provided to the Court and averred to by
Duggan, NLMC (at least for purposes of summary judgment) does
not appear to dispute this factual contention. In this
separate application, Hassen applied for a full-time
position, but lists her availability for employment as
full-time, part-time, or PRN. [Doc. No. 24, Exh. A].
Director of the Emergency Room, Sandy Goss
(“Goss”), interviewed Hassen and hired her as a
PRN Emergency Room registered nurse. During the interview,
Hassen and Goss did not discuss the type of position for
which she was applying or if there were full-time positions
available. Hassen was employed by NLMC as a PRN Emergency
Room registered nurse from February 13');">3, 2012, to June 22,
2012. She was provided a PRN contract clearly indicating the
type of employment for which she was hired.
the time of Hassen3');">39;s employment, a current PRN who sought
to obtain a full-time position (or a current full-time
employee who sought a PRN position) was required to complete
an online application for an available position. After being
hired PRN, Hassen never completed an online application for a
full-time nurse position.
2012, Hassen informed NLMC that she had obtained a full-time
position at Grambling State University as a student health
nurse working Monday through Friday from 7:3');">30 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. There is no prohibition against anyone working a
separate full-time job and PRN for NLMC. However, at that
time, the available PRN positions were twelve-hour shifts on
weekdays. Goss did not believe that these available shifts
would fit with Hassen3');">39;s full-time position, so effective
June 22, 2012, Goss “purged” Hassen from
NLMC3');">39;s employment system as unable to fulfill her PRN
obligation. [Doc. No. 17-7, Goss Depo., Exh. 3');">3, pp.
13');">3-14]. Hassen has been eligible for re-hire since that time,
but has not completed an online application for any positions
through NLMC3');">39;s online application system.
alleges that NLMC denied her a full-time registered nurse
position because of her race, Black. She points to two
comparators hired the same day she was: Marny Young Wheeler
(“Wheeler”) and Megan Talton
(“Talton”), both of whom are White and both of
whom, according to Hassen, had less experience. Wheeler, a
recent nursing school graduate, applied for an open full-time
Emergency Room registered nurse position through NLMC3');">39;s
online application system. The position for which she applied
was assigned requisition number 1118909, and this same
requisition number was listed on her employment application.
NLMC hired Wheeler as a full-time Emergency Room registered
nurse. She was employed by NLMC from February 13');">3, 2012 to
November 1, 2014, as a full-time Emergency Room registered
nurse. On October 16, 2014, Wheeler completed an online
application for a new available PRN registered nurse
position. She was then employed from November 2, 2014, to
August 9, 2016, as a PRN Emergency Room registered nurse.
Wheeler has since moved, resigning from NLMC effective August
9, 2016. She is considered eligible for re-hire.
a former paramedic and recent nursing school graduate,
applied for a full-time Emergency Room registered nurse
position through NLMC3');">39;s online application system. The
position for which she applied was assigned requisition
number 1201862, and this same requisition number was listed
on her employment application. NLMC hired Talton as a
full-time Emergency Room registered nurse, and she was
employed by NLMC from February 13');">3, 2012, to November 11,
2013');">3. Talton was considered resigned from NLMC effective
November 11, 2013');">3, after she was a “no call, no
show” on two occasions. She is not eligible for
makes the hiring decisions for nurses in the Emergency Room
at NLMC and did so during the relevant time period. Goss
testified that she hired Hassen PRN, while hiring Wheeler and
Talton for full-time positions, because the two comparators
applied for full-time positions, and Hassen applied for a PRN
position. [Doc. No. 17-7, Goss Depo., Exh. 3');">3, p. 9]. The
supporting documentation from NLMC supports Goss3');">39;
Hassen alleged that she was the only Black registered nurse
on staff at NLMC, there were at least five (5) Black nurses
were hired and employed by NLMC ...