United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Alexandria Division
PEREZ-MONTES MAG. JUDGE
the court is a motion for summary judgment (Doc. 37) filed by
defendants, Louisiana College ("LC") and its
President, Rick Brewer ("Brewer"), in which they
seek dismissal of all claims against them in the above
captioned matter. For the reasons expressed below, the court
finds the defendants' motion should be GRANTED in
part and DENIED in part.
Bonadona ("Bonadona") was born to a Catholic father
and Jewish mother. He was raised both culturally and
religiously as a member of the Jewish community. His mother
is both racially and religiously Jewish.
graduated high school in 2008. Thereafter, he attended a
state university for a year and then transferred to LC where
he earned a position on the football team as a kicker on the
punt block team. It was during his tenure as an LC student
that Bonadona converted to Christianity.
his graduation from LC in 2013, LC hired Bonadona as an
assistant football coach. In June 2015, he resigned his
position to pursue a graduate degree and football coaching
position at Southeast Missouri State University.
2017, LC hired Justin Charles ("Charles") as its
new head coach of the football team. Charles reached out to
Bonadona about returning to LC as its defensive backs coach.
Bonadona submitted an application wherein he identified
himself as a Baptist, described his salvation experience, and
acknowledged he understood and supported LC's mission
interviewed with Charles who advised that the coaching
position was his, subject to approval by Brewer. Accordingly,
Bonadona interviewed with Brewer. During the interview,
Brewer asked Bonadona about his parents' religious
affiliations. Bonadona affirmed his father was Catholic and
his mother was Jewish but expressed he was a practicing
member of the Christian faith and attended a Baptist church
on representations made by Charles, Bonadona returned to
Missouri and submitted his resignation. According to
Bonadona, Charles contacted him a week later to advise that
LC decided not to hire him because of his Jewish heritage.
filed a charge of racial discrimination with the EEOC and
after exhausting his administrative remedies filed the
instant lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by LC and
Brewer in violation of Title VII and 42 U.S.C. §1981.
"shall grant summary judgment if the movant shows that
there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the
movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law."
Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(a). A dispute of material fact is genuine if
the evidence is such that a reasonable jury could return a
verdict for the nonmoving party. See Anders on v. Liberty
Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986). We consider
"all evidence in the light most favorable to the party
resisting the motion." Seacor Holdings, Inc. v.
Commonwealth Ins. Co., 635 F.3d 680 (5th
Cir.2011) (internal citations omitted). It is important to
note that the standard for summary judgment is two- fold: (1)
there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact, and (2)
the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.
movant has the burden of pointing to evidence proving there
is no genuine dispute as to any material fact, or the absence
of evidence supporting the nonmoving party's case. The
burden shifts to the nonmoving party to come forward with
evidence which demonstrates the essential elements of his
claim. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S.
242, 250 (1986). The nonmoving party must establish the
existence of a genuine issue of material fact for trial by
showing the evidence, when viewed in the light most favorable
to him, is sufficient to enable a reasonable jury to render a
verdict in his favor. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477
U.S. 317, 325 (1986); Duffy v. Leading Edge Products,
Inc., 44 F.3d 308, 312 (5th Cir.1995). A
party whose claims are challenged by a motion for summary
judgment may not rest on the allegations of the complaint and
must articulate specific factual allegations which ...