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Andrade v. Lego Systems, Inc.

Court of Appeals of Connecticut

March 19, 2019

DREY ANDRADE
v.
LEGO SYSTEMS, INC.[*]

          Argued February 7, 2019

         Procedural History

         Action to recover damages for alleged employment discrimination, and for other relief, brought to the Superior Court in the judicial district of Hartford, where the court, Bright, J., granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment and rendered judgment thereon, from which the plaintiff appealed to this court. Affirmed.

          James V. Sabatini, for the appellant (plaintiff).

          Victoria Woodin Chavey, with whom was Collin O'Connor Udell, for the appellee (defendant).

          Scott Madeo filed a brief for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities as amicus curiae.

          Lavine, Moll and Bear, Js.

          OPINION

          PER CURIAM.

         In this employment discrimination action, the plaintiff, Drey Andrade, appeals from the summary judgment rendered by the trial court in favor of the defendant, Lego Systems, Inc. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the trial court improperly concluded that there was insufficient evidence from which a reasonable jury could conclude that the circumstances surrounding the defendant's termination of the plaintiff's employment could give rise to an inference of discrimination on the basis of his sexual orientation. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

         The record and the trial court's opinion reveal the following relevant facts and procedural history. The plaintiff was employed by the defendant on or about October 12, 2009, as Distribution Operations Manager CED. In that position, the plaintiff reported to the defendant's Director of Distribution, Americas (director). In his complaint, the plaintiff alleged that he is a homosexual and that the defendant was aware of his sexual orientation. He further alleged that the director treated him in an adversely different manner than she treated other employees who reported directly to her. During a performance review in September, 2010, the director informed the plaintiff that his performance with respect to his communication skills, collaboration, and trust building with his manager and employees whom he supervised was deficient, and that he needed to improve. She provided him with a performance plan. In subsequent performance reviews, the director informed the plaintiff of her continuing concerns regarding his job performance and once offered to transfer him to another position where he could apply his operational strengths, but would be free from managing other employees. The plaintiff addressed some of his deficient performance issues, but concerns remained. The plaintiff was again placed on a performance plan, which he did not satisfactorily address. The defendant terminated the plaintiff's employment on May 9, 2013.

         The plaintiff commenced an action against the defendant on August 22, 2014, alleging that the defendant discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation in violation of General Statutes § 46a-60 (a) (1). After the pleadings were closed, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment, claiming that judgment should be rendered in its favor because the plaintiff had failed to present evidence from which a rational fact finder could infer that the defendant terminated his employment on the basis of his sexual orientation. On January 26, 2018, the trial court granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff appealed.

         On the basis of our review of the record, the briefs, and the arguments of the parties, we conclude that the judgment of the trial court should be affirmed. Because the court's memorandum of decision thoroughly addresses the claim and arguments raised in this appeal, we adopt its well reasoned decision as a proper statement of the facts and the applicable law on the issues. See Andrade v. Lego Systems, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. CV-14-6053523-S (January 26, 2018) (reprinted at 188 Conn.App. 655, A.3d). It would serve no useful purpose for this court to engage in any further discussion. See, e.g., Samakaab v. Dept. of Social Services, 178 Conn.App. 52, 54, 173 A.3d 1004 (2017); see also Woodruff v. Hemingway, 297 Conn. 317, 321, 2 A.3d 857 (2010).

         The judgment is affirmed.

         APPENDIX

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