Rodriguez v. Maricopa County Community College District
Beginning in October 2003, a faculty member of Glendale Community College disseminated racially pernicious e-mails using a system-wide employee listserv. The messages also contained links to the faculty member’s personal web-page, which he maintained on the Maricopa County Community College District’s server. There, the employees encountered offensive and incendiary essays, articles, and links to other racist websites.
In November 2004, MALDEF filed a lawsuit representing a class of Latino employees of the Maricopa Community College District before the U.S. District Court in Arizona. The lawsuit alleged that the College created a hostile work environment and subjected the plaintiffs to discrimination in the workplace.
The District Court denied Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment, agreeing with Plaintiffs’ position that there are issues of material fact that must be resolved by a jury and the case should continue.
The individual defendants filed an appeal, challenging the court's decision to permit the case to proceed against them. The trial court postponed the consideration of the case while the appeal is pending. This lawsuit defends the right of all employees to work in an environment where they are not subjected to racial discrimination.