Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis.
No. 2:13-cv-02277—John Thomas Fowlkes, Jr., District Judge.
Argued: September 27, 2016
Decided and Filed: October 24, 2016
Before: GILMAN, GIBBONS, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
RONALD LEE GILMAN, Circuit Judge. William Tennial is an African-American
employee of United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) who has served in various managerial roles over
the course of more than 30 years with the company. After a number of service failures that
occurred during his time as Hub Manager of the Memphis Hub’s “Twilight Sort,” Tennial was
placed on a Management Performance Improvement Plan (MPIP) and eventually demoted to a
supervisor of the Oakhaven Hub, a position that he currently holds. Although he acknowledges
these service failures, Tennial points to a number of Caucasian managers who were allegedly
responsible for similar failures, yet did not suffer comparable adverse employment actions. He
therefore maintains that his placement on the MPIP and his subsequent demotion were in fact
motivated by race, age, and disability discrimination, as well as by retaliation for taking medical
Tennial brought suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of
Tennessee against UPS and his supervisors, Jim Cochran and Michael Slabaugh. UPS, Cochran,
and Slabaugh subsequently moved for summary judgment, which the district court granted on all
claims. For the reasons set forth below, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court