To prove a prima facie case of discrimination on the basis of race, a worker may be required to establish he belongs to a protected class, he is qualified, and he suffered an adverse employment action in circumstances that led to an inference of discrimination on the basis of illegal race discrimination. Allegedly, a co-worker at Bauer Inc. called the complainant, Alfred Mayo, a "f---ing asshole." Mayo allegedly complained to a supervisor, and his co-worker was reprimanded. Supervisors allegedly were unhappy with Mayo's work product and conduct. Bauer Inc. discharged Mayo, and he filed a pro se complaint, alleging that Bauer Inc. violated Title VII and CFEPA, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act. Bauer Inc. filed a motion to dismiss Mayo's complaint. Presiding Human Rights Referee Alvin Wilson found that Mayo proved that he belongs to a protected class, because of his race, and also that he suffered an adverse employment action, because he was discharged. To prove a prima facie case, Mayo also had to prove he was qualified for his job and that he was discharged in circumstances that led to an inference of discrimination on the basis of race. Human Rights Referee Wilson did not credit Mayo's testimony that his co-worker called him "N-----," a highly offensive racial term. Mayo amended his complaint five times, and he apparently did not indicate in any of the amended complaints that his co-worker called him "N-----." There was no evidence that the allegedly profane co-worker participated in the decision to discharge, that the decision to discharge was based on a discriminatory motive, or that the employer's legitimate, nondiscriminatory business rationale constituted a pretext for illegal discrimination on the basis of race. Evidence existed that Bauer Inc. was unhappy with Mayo's work product and conduct. Mayo failed to prove he was qualified for his job, as required to prove a prima facie case of race discrimination, and Presiding Human Rights Referee Wilson dismissed Mayo's complaint. Lisa Zaccardelli represented Bauer Inc.

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