The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stengel, J.
Shirley Walker filed this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1981*fn1
against her employer, Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc.
(Centocor).*fn2 She asserts claims for discrimination,
retaliation, and hostile work environment. Centocor moved for summary
judgment on all claims. For the following reasons, I will grant
Centocor employed Walker, who is African American, as a senior district manager in its central region. Doc. No. 17-1 ¶ 1. Walker reported to David Gelfuso, regional business director, from April 2008 to the end of her active employment in September 2010. Id. ¶ 2.
In December 2008, Walker filed an internal complaint, which she supplemented in February 2009, concerning Gelfuso's treatment of her and another African-American employee, Glenn Watson. Id. ¶ 8. Centocor maintains polices that prohibit race discrimination in the workplace and makes available to employees various avenues of complaint. Id. ¶ 7.
A. Pertinent Allegations in Walker's Internal and Judicial Complaints
1. Allegation Concerning Walker's Accounts
Walker complained that accounts were "being moved in and out of [her] area" during the first quarter of 2009 and that she didn't know who was responsible for this "activity." Id. ¶ 39. She acknowledged that as of February 2009, Centocor's sales operations department corrected the problem and adjusted her sales ranking from #8 to #3. Id. ¶ 40.*fn4
2. Allegation Concerning Train Travel
Walker complained that Gelfuso instructed her in September 2009 to stop traveling by train and to instead travel by car. Id. ¶ 57. Walker testified that she could not say Gelfuso treated her any differently in this regard than others who reported to him. Id. ¶ 59.
3. Allegation Concerning Gelfuso's Lack of Support in Walker's Management of Others
Walker complained that "Gelfuso defended . . . and refused to discipline or refused to investigate [her] allegations" regarding three of her direct reports-Bruce Johnson, Jesse Maroy, and Jimmy Johnson. Id. ¶ 60. All three are African American. Id. ¶ 61.
Following a field ride on June 8, 2010, Walker filed an internal compliant against B. Johnson, alleging he "utilized intimidating tactics, verbal insults, [and] at times he would not respond at all or was disrespectful when he responded." Id. ¶ 4. Walker testified that although she wanted Gelfuso to credit her allegations against B. Johnson, it ...