The "cat's paw" strikes back

In Staub v. Proctor Hosp. , the Supreme Court passed judgment on the "cat's paw" theory of liability in discrimination cases-an employer's liability for the discriminatory animus of an employee who played no role in the decision, but nevertheless exerted some degree of influence over...

Go jump in the lake! (and then sue for race discrimination)

Back in 2010, Douglas Clayton had a rough Summer. In August, Mr. Clayton was employed as a deckhand on a boat in Louisiana -- that is, until one of his white co-workers allegedly raised a wrench to Clayton and told him to get his "stupid mother f**king n**ger ass" off the boat. Mr. Clayton...

144 "N"-words, but black employees can't prove they were offended

Take a few minutes to read this decision [ enhanced version available to Lexis.com subscribers ]. It will blow your mind. Here's the long and short of it: Three black employees sue for race discrimination claiming that they were subjected to a racially-hostile work environment. The court actually...

Customer Preference Does not Protect Employers from Race Discrimination Claims

CNN reports that a Flint, Michigan, nurse is suing her hospital because it kowtowed to a man's request that no African-American employees care for his baby. The lawsuit [pdf] outlines her key allegations: 11. The father told the Charge Nurse that he did not want any African Americans taking...

A Black And Blue Lawsuit: Tiffany & Co. Sued for Race Discrimination

My dog’s name is Loula Mae. “Loula” is name of the dog on the kids cartoon Pocoyo , which my son was obsessed with when we got her. “Mae” just sounded right to pair with Loula, and gives her a bit of a gentile, southern charm. Little did we know, however, that the birth...