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A white man who worked as a utility water meter reader sued his employer for racial discrimination after he was fired for inaccurately reporting homeowners’ water meters.
In support of his claims, the plaintiff compared himself to a black coworker who was not fired even though he started work late, left early, and took unauthorized hours-long breaks during his shift.
At summary judgment, the district court ruled against the plaintiff because it concluded that the conduct at issue was so different that the men were not similarly situated, leaving the plaintiff unable to establish a prima facie case of