Judge sides with GSK in discrimination lawsuit

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

A judge has sided with GlaxoSmithKline in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who had worked in the drug development company’s Research Triangle Park offices.
In an order filed on Thursday, a U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina judge granted a summary judgment to the company on all claims remaining in the case.
That means the lawsuit will not go trial. It had been brought by George Adjabeng, a former employee who had worked from 2004-2008 as a lab chemist in the company’s oncology department, according to the order.
Adjabeng was later rehired to work in the company’s Hepatitis C department when the other department moved out of state, and as the order states, he faced “immediate work-related conflict” with another employee there.
Adjabeng claimed he faced a hostile work environment because of his race and national origin, discrimination based on race and national origin, retaliation, and was wrongfully terminated in violation of public policy.
A claim for negligent supervision and retention had already been dismissed before the judge issued the order granting the summary judgment.
In response to the order, a company spokeswoman released a statement that said “(GlaxoSmithKline) is pleased that the court agreed with us that there was no legal basis for Mr. Adjabeng’s claim.”
J. Michael Genest, an attorney for Adjabeng, said in an email: “We are disappointed to be denied the opportunity to present the case to a jury at trial, but we are proud to stand up for the rights of employees like Mr. Adjabeng, and will continue to fight for justice on their behalf.”