Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Prods. - 530 U.S. 133, 120 S. Ct. 2097 (2000)
If this prima facie case is met, the employer must then state (but need not prove) a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for why it did not select the employee for the promotion.
After the company proffers a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason, the employee must then show that the company’s reason was a sham for impermissible discrimination and/or that the explanation is unworthy of credence. See, e.g., Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc. 530 U.S. 133, 148 (2000); Jacobs v. N.C. Admin. Office of the Courts, 780 F.3d 562. 575 (4th Cir. 2015).