The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that discrimination on the basis of immigration status is not covered under Title VII. In Cortezano v. Salin Bank & Trust Co., No. 11-1631, the facts involved spouses Kristi and Javier Cortezano. Javier was an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico, while his wife Kristi was employed as a sales manager at Salin Bank. When Kristi’s supervisor discovered Javier’s unauthorized immigrant status, the bank initiated a process that ultimately led to Kristi’s termination. Kristi filed suit against Salin Bank alleging, among other things, employment discrimination under Title VII. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted Salin Bank’s motion for summary judgment.
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