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Walker v. FedEx Office & Print Services, Inc.

Court of Appeals of Columbia District

August 13, 2015

KISHA WALKER, APPELLANT,
v.
FEDEX OFFICE & PRINT SERVICES, INC., JAMIE PARKER, NICOLE UGLOW A/K/A NICOLE FOLEY, APPELLEES

Argued April 2, 2015

Appeals from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (CAB-3358-11). (Hon. Michael L. Rankin, Trial Judge).

John F. Karl, Jr. for appellant Kisha Walker.

John B. Flood, with whom M. Ginger McCauley was on the brief, for appellee Nicole Foley.

Jonathan R. Mook for appellee Jamie Parker.

Before GLICKMAN and McLEESE, Associate Judges, and PRYOR, Senior Judge.

OPINION

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McLeese, Associate Judge

Appellant Kisha Walker seeks reversal of a trial-court order dismissing her suit against appellees Jamie Parker and Nicole Foley, employees of appellee FedEx Office & Print Services, Inc. Ms. Walker argues that the trial court committed both procedural and substantive errors. We affirm.

I.

The following facts are undisputed. Ms. Walker was a Senior Center Manager responsible for several FedEx stores in Washington, D.C. Ms. Parker supervised Ms. Walker, and Ms. Foley was a human-resources employee at FedEx. After FedEx terminated Ms. Walker's employment in 2010, Ms. Walker brought suit in the Superior Court, naming FedEx, Ms. Parker, and Ms. Foley as defendants. Ms. Walker alleged that she was terminated as a result of racial and gender discrimination in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (" DCHRA" ), D.C. Code § 2-1401.01 et seq. (2012 Repl.). Specifically, Ms. Walker alleged that FedEx terminated her at least in part due to a FedEx policy designed to reduce the number of African Americans and other minorities who worked as managers in her district. Ms. Walker further alleged that the defendants retaliated against her in violation of the DCHRA because she opposed the imposition of discriminatory disciplinary measures against African American employees whom she supervised. FedEx contended that Ms. Walker was instead terminated for violating company performance and conduct standards.

FedEx filed a motion to compel arbitration, pursuant to an arbitration agreement that Ms. Walker had signed in 2008. That

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arbitration agreement provided, in ...


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