Part II of this Note provides a brief background of the facts and the Eighth Circuit’s ultimate holding in Ames. Part III discusses the legal history of Title VII and legislative efforts to prohibit discrimination in the workplace. Part IV examines the Eighth Circuit’s reasoning. Finally, Part V comments on the supposed limited use of summary judgment in employment discrimination cases, the reasonableness of Ames’s actions, the effect of stereotypes in employment discrimination, the role that the identity of the judiciary plays in discrimination cases, and how this case could have been prevented by appropriate human resource (“HR”) management practices. The Eighth Circuit’s decision in Ames showcases the struggles many mothers face in the workplace, and while these struggles start in the workplace, they can continue into the courtroom. This Note argues that the increased presence of female judges on the bench has played and will continue to play a positive role in the administration of justice.

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