Sex Discrimination; Race and National Origin Discrimination; Search & Seizure; Discrimination, Accommodation, & Diversity; Equal Protection; Constitutional Issues
Anderson v. University of Tennessee (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 7, 2017)
An African-American Uber driver filed suit against the University of Tennessee, claiming that after he refused to give a University officer his name, the officer used excessive force to arrest him. Plaintiff alleged violations of Titles VI, VII, and IX of the Civil Rights Act; the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The Court dismissed Plaintiff’s allegations of Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment violations, holding that the University was entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity as an "alter-ego" of the state. Plaintiff’s Title VI, VII, and IX claims were also dismissed because Plaintiff was not an employee of or student at the University.