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Rideau v. Lafayette Health Ventures, Inc.

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Lafayette Division

July 1, 2019

ALECIA M. RIDEAU, M.D.
v.
LAFAYETTE HEALTH VENTURES, INC., ET AL.

          MAG. JUDGE PATRICK J. HANNA

          RULING

          TERRY A. DOUGHTY UNITED STATES DISTRICTJUDGE.

         This is an action brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. (“FMLA”). Pending here is an omnibus Motion in Limine [Doc. No. 87] filed by Plaintiff Alecia M. Rideau, M.D. (“Dr. Rideau”). Defendants Lafayette Health Ventures, Inc. (“LHVI”); Lafayette General Health System, Inc. (“LGHS”); and Lafayette General Medical Center, Inc. (“LGMC”) (collectively “Defendants”) have filed an opposition [Doc. No. 102].

         For the following reasons, Dr. Rideau's motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART.

         I. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         Dr. Rideau is a radiologist whose specialty is interpreting breast imaging. [Doc. No. 1. at ¶ 12]. From December 1, 2014, to September 1, 2016, Dr. Rideau worked at the Breast Center at LGMC. [Id. at ¶ 13].

         On April 6, 2018, Dr. Rideau filed this lawsuit against Defendants alleging two claims for relief: (1) interference under the FMLA, in that Defendants illegally denied her FMLA leave; and (2) retaliation under the FMLA, in that Defendants retaliated against her for exercising her FMLA rights, culminating in her termination from employment. [Doc. No. 1].

         Dr. Rideau alleges that, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, took FMLA leave to have a double mastectomy, complained about retaliation associated with exercising FMLA rights, and requested a second FMLA leave for breast reconstructive surgery, Defendants terminated her employment. [Id. at ¶¶ 14, 22, 34 and 35].

         Dr. Rideau presents four (4) subparts in her motion in limine for the Court's consideration. The Court will consider each in turn.

         II. Analysis

         A. Dr. Rideau's Prior and Post-Termination Employment Records

         1. Prior Employment Records

         Dr. Rideau moves the Court to preclude Defendants from offering any evidence or argument about her prior employment records from facilities at which ...


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