Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 2011 U.S. LEXIS 2417 (Mar. 22, 2011)

Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 2011 U.S. LEXIS 2417 (Mar. 22, 2011)

LexisNexis Overview: Limiting 29 U.S.C.S. § 215(a)(3)'s anti-retaliation provision to written complaints would undermine the FLSA's basic objectives, and the phrase "any complaint" suggested a broad interpretation that would include an oral complaint, thus, Seventh Circuit's holding that § 215(a)(3)'s "filed any complaint" did not include oral complaints was vacated.

Counsel: James H. Kaster argued the cause for petitioner.

Jeffrey B. Wall argued the cause for the United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of court.

Carter G. Phillips argued the cause for respondent.

Judges: BREYER, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, GINSBURG, ALITO, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. SCALIA, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which THOMAS, J., joined as to all but n. 6. KAGAN, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

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