534 U.S. 506 (2002)
- The United States Supreme Court found that it was incongruous to require a plaintiff, in order to survive a motion to dismiss, to plead more facts than he might ultimately need to prove to succeed on the merits if direct evidence of discrimination was discovered.
- The prima facie case under McDonnell Douglas was an evidentiary standard, not a pleading requirement.
- The complaint satisfied the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) because it gave the employer fair notice of the basis for the claims.
- The employee alleged that he was terminated on account of his national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C.S. § 2000e et seq., and on account of his age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C.S. § 621 et seq.
- His complaint detailed the events leading to his termination, provided relevant dates, and included the ages and nationalities of at least some of the relevant persons involved with his termination.
- The allegations stated claims upon which relief could be granted.
The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was reversed.
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