Robinson v. Resorts Intl. Hotel, Inc.
The plaintiff alleged that there were multiple incidents which created a racially hostile work environment which caused him to be discharged. Plaintiff also claimed that his union failed to investigate and remedy the problems.
The judge granted summary judgement to the defendant on both claims, finding that in regards to the claim against the employer, the plaintiff only showed that events took place to which he inferred a personal meaning. There was no evidence which a jury could conclude that the described incidents were intended to intimidate or create a hostile work environment. In the claim against the union, the plaintiff’s claim was pre-empted by federal law.