Ethel Louise Hill v. Lockheed Martin, No. 01-1359 (4th Cir. Jan. 5, 2004), Traxler, J (en banc 7-4)
The district court did not err in granting summary judgment to an employer in a discrimination
suit brought under Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act where the plaintiff claimed that she was terminated because of the discriminatory actions of a co-worker who had no formal role in the decision. The Court found that a biased employee who does not have supervisory or disciplinary authority does not become a decision maker because he had a substantial influence on the ultimate decision.