SHEILA REYES-ORTA; JOSÉ L. CASTILLO-CARRILLO; CONJUGAL PARTNERSHIP CASTILLO-REYES, Plaintiffs, Appellants,
PUERTO RICO HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY; RUBÉ N HERNÁNDEZ-GREGORAT, in his individual and official capacity as Secretary of Transportation and Public Works; BRENDA GOMILASANTIAGO, in her individual and official capacity as Executive Director of Human Resources; CÉ SAR MALDONADO-VÁZQUEZ, in his individual and official capacity as Human Resources Specialist; INSURANCE COMPANY ABC, Defendants, Appellees
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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO. Hon. Salvador E. Casellas, U.S. District Judge.
REVERSED AND REMANDED.
Juan M. Frontera-Suau, with whom Kenneth Colon and Frontera Suau Law Offices, PSC were on brief for appellant.
Michelle Camacho Nieves, with whom Margarita L. Mercado-Echegaray, Solicitor General, and Zarel Soto-Acabá, Assistant Solicitor General, Department of Justice, were on brief for appellees Rubén Hernández-Gregorat, Brenda Gomila-Santiago, and César Maldonado-VÁzquez in their individual capacities.
Yassmin González-Vélez, Counsel for Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, was on brief for appellee Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority and appellees Rubén Hernández-Gregorat, Brenda Gomila-Santiago, and César Maldonado-VÁzquez in their official capacities.
Before Barron, Hawkins,[*] and Lipez, Circuit Judges.
HAWKINS, Circuit Judge.
Plaintiff Sheila Reyes-Orta alleges that she was stripped of various job duties and was ultimately terminated from her job at the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (" PRHTA" ) because of her affiliation with the Popular Democratic Party (" PDP" ). After striking certain exhibits, the district court granted summary judgment against her on her First Amendment political discrimination claims because (1) there was insufficient evidence that actions short of dismissal constituted adverse employment actions; and (2) absent any political discrimination, she would have been terminated in any event for nondiscriminatory reasons. We reverse and remand.