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Case No. 21-0864

Stanbury v. Sioux City Community School District

Dawn Stansbury, Plaintiff-Appellant

Sioux City Community School District, Paul Gausman, Kim Buryanek and Brian Burnight, Defendants-Appellees

Attorneys for Appellant

Jordan Hutchinson 

Blake Parker

Attorneys for Appellees

Zachary D. Clausen

Douglas L. Phillips

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 20, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Duane E. Hoffmeyer, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (20 pages)

            Dawn Stansbury appeals the grant of summary judgment in her sex-discrimination case—arguing she was constructively discharged on the basis of her sex—in favor of the Sioux City Community School District.  She claims she provided direct evidence. OPINION HOLDS: Stansbury failed to demonstrate she was subjected to intolerable working conditions, so we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment on her constructive discharge claim.  Taking the record in the light most favorable to Stansbury, we find she presented only indirect evidence that the District took adverse employment action against her because of her sex.  And, even assuming she established a prima facie case of sex discrimination, she could not show the reasons the District provided for her transfer were pretextual.  We affirm the district court.

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